Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mooney M20K 231, N5756W: Accident occurred December 09, 2018 near Lincoln Park Airport (N07), Morris County, New Jersey

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey 
Continental Motors Inc.; Mobile, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Paramus, NJ
Accident Number: ERA19LA062
Date & Time: 12/09/2018, 1215 EST
Registration: N5756W
Aircraft: Mooney M20K
Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 9, 2018, about 1215 eastern standard time, a Mooney M20K, N5756W, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Paramus, New Jersey. The private pilot and a passenger received minor injuries, and two other passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross country flight, which originated from Lincoln Park Airport (N07), Lincoln Park, New Jersey, around 1200. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 and had an intended destination of Hudson Valley Regional Airport (POU), Poughkeepsie, New York.

According to the pilot, while in cruise flight, he noticed an increase in cylinder head temperature on two cylinders. He attempted to reduce the temperatures, however, he soon heard "an explosion," and noted a hole in the engine cowling. The pilot performed a forced landing to a golf course and during the landing roll, the airplane impacted a berm, became airborne again, and struck the ground resulting in the landing gear collapsing and substantial damage to the right wing.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the airplane was manufactured in 1984 and was registered to the pilot in November 2017. It was equipped with a Continental Motors Inc. TSIO-360-LB1, a 210-hp, engine. According to the airframe maintenance logbook, the most recent annual inspection was performed on August 15, 2018, at a total time of 2,401.3 hours. According to the engine logbook, the engine was overhauled on January 11, 2016, at a tachometer time of 2,185 hours.

The engine was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N5756W
Model/Series: M20K No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TEB, 7 ft msl
Observation Time: 1151 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.4 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lincoln Park, NJ (N07)
Destination: Poughkeepsie, NY (POU) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.946389, -74.089722 (est)

UPDATE: In a random coincidence, a teacher featured in a PBS special about aviation this past week was involved in an emergency landing at the Paramus Golf Course early Sunday afternoon.

Three minor injuries were reported after the Mooney M20K 231 aircraft made an emergency landing around 12:30 p.m. on the fairway of the 9th hole off Paramus Road.

"Three minor injuries, none serious" -- two adults and a child, Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg told Daily Voice.

A third adult on the plane, which the FAA said was headed to Poughkeepsie from Lincoln Park, wasn't injured.

Pilot Jonas De Leon, a science teacher at Gregorio Luperón High School for Science and Mathematics in Manhattan, participates in a national program that introduces youngsters to aviation.

The program was featured this past week on PBS.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://paramus.dailyvoice.com

PARAMUS - A small plane bound for Poughkeepsie, New York, landed on the ninth hole of the Paramus Golf Course shortly after noon Sunday after the pilot reported engine trouble, officials said. 

Three adults and a child were on board, and all four were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, said Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg. He said one adult wasn't injured, and the injuries to the other three were minor. 

The Mooney M20K 231 aircraft made a forced landing in Paramus at 12:15 p.m., said Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Rick Breitenfeldt.

The pilot took off from Lincoln Park Airport, Ehrenberg said. While flying over Paramus the pilot reported engine trouble. 

The course was not packed with golfers, but there were a few out on the course when the plane was beginning to land.

"I heard it and saw it hovering over," said Paul Dykes who was on the third hole.  "I kept thinking he was going to crash. We ran over. It looked like they were all in shock."

The plane landed on the fairway of the ninth hole, Ehrenberg said. 

"The woman in the plane was shaking," said Bob Wolff, who was playing a round of golf. "I'm in shock."

The FAA will investigate the incident, Breitenfeldt said. 

The Mooney aircraft is registered to Jonas DeLeon, according to flight records. According to a July article in Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, DeLeon has been a pilot since 1993 and is a teacher at Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics in Manhattan.

According to the article, DeLeon convinced the school to invest in aviation courses in the hopes to get students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

DeLeon was not listed as a patient Sunday night, a hospital operator said. 

Paramus Golf Course remained open Sunday, a course official said. Holes one through seven along with the 17th and 18th holes were open after the landing.

The incident was enough to deter Dykes. 

"That plane crash stopped my golf concentration," he said. "Imagine if the course was full."

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.northjersey.com

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