Sunday, July 07, 2019

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N379SP: Accident occurred July 05, 2019 at Aeroflex-Andover Airport (12N), Sussex County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aircraft ran off the end of the runway and into an adjacent lake.

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Date: 05-JUL-19
Time: 16:58:00Z
Regis#: N379SP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP -- Four people escaped injury this afternoon when the aircraft they were in plunged into Lake Aeroflex after it went off the runway upon landing at Aeroflex-Andover Airport, according to officials.

The incident involving a Cessna C172 occurred around 12:30 p.m., according to Andover Township Police Chief Eric Danielson.

Danielson said the pilot failed to correctly estimate the length of the Aeroflex airport runway and the aircraft ran off of it and ended up in the lake. A former Andover Township firefighter, whose name was not released, was fishing and helped the occupants of the plane escape before it submerged, Danielson said.

The names of the occupants were not identified, but all four refused medical treatment at the scene.

Danielson said the two adults and two children were traveling from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Morristown when their flight was diverted to the Andover airport because of a temporary flight restriction due to the arrival of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. According to White House pool reports, Air Force One arrived at Morristown Municipal Airport at 12:13 p.m. The Marine One helicopter then lifted off at 12:27 p.m. to take Trump to his golf club in Bedminster.

Danielson said unlike the crash that occurred in April 2018 when a plane submerged about 80 feet in the middle of the 119-acre lake, today's plane was closer to land and sank about 18 to 24 feet.

Dive teams with the New Jersey State Police T.E.A.M.S. unit are using airbags to float the plane to the surface before it will be lifted out by a crane from D&E Service, Danielson said.

Assisting at the scene are the Andover police and fire departments, Lakeland Emergency Squad, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and the New Jersey State Park Police.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating, according to a spokesman.

Original article can be found here ➤

A family of four was able to escape a small plane that crashed into a Sussex County lake Friday afternoon before it sunk beneath the water, officials said.

The Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP went into Lake Aeroflex after it ran off the end of a runway at Aeroflex-Andover Airport in Andover around 1 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA).

The FAA said the four people on board were all able to get out of the plane, and Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson said they refused medical treatment.

Danielson said the plane overshot the runway and that two adults and two children were aboard at the time. They were rescued by a nearby fisherman who drove his boat to the crash scene.

Authorities said the plane had departed from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and was headed to Morristown, but was diverted to Andover due to a temporary flight restriction imposed as President Donald Trump arrived in New Jersey.

The water was removed from the water by the New Jersey State Police and was turned over to the FAA, Danielson said.

The crash was still under investigation by the FAA Friday evening.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Surprised the headline did not say Trump causes small plane crash.

  2. He is pretty evil, nothing would surprise us.