Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N78192: Incident occurred September 24, 2019 near Central Jersey Regional Airport (47N), Hillsborough Township, Somerset County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown

Aircraft departed and crashed into trees.

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Date: 24-SEP-19
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N78192
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

MANVILLE – A pilot was extricated from a single-engine plane hours after it crashed in a wooded area near Central Jersey Regional Airport on Tuesday.

At approximately 12:08 p.m., police from Manville and surrounding towns were dispatched to an area near the Millstone River across the street from the airport where they located the plane entangled in trees, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.  The pilot was the only occupant and was reportedly uninjured, according to the release.

By 4:10 p.m., the pilot had been safely removed from the plane and was being taken to an area hospital for monitoring, according to the prosecutor’s office.

According to Det. Lt. John Crater of the Manville Police Department the Cessna 172K Skyhawk was flown by a 32-year-old man from Somerset County, Crater said.

He was taken to the hospital for observation but reported he had no injuries, Crater said, adding that there were no injuries to first responders at the scene, as well.

"He was very calm though," Crater said of the pilot. "We had cell phone communication with him the entire time."

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, the plane was still in the trees.

The pilot was taken down from the tree with the assistance of Keiling Tree Care from Bernardsville, which brought a track spider lift to the scene.

The inbound aircraft collided with trees and caught fire, said Jim Peters, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident, Peters said.

A reporter saw authorities Tuesday afternoon in the woods off Wilhousky Street near the river. The Manville Causeway was closed from the corner of South Main and Wilhousky streets to Weston Canal Road.

Dozens of first responders from around the state were at the scene, including Hunterdon County Public Safety and Newark Fire Department.

Officials said the plane was caught in trees about 75 feet off the ground.

Central Jersey Regional Airport could not be reached for comment.

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Anonymous said...

That went in about as easy as it possibly could. Now to get it down......

Anonymous said...

Agreed! A nice size crane with a dude hanging on to the end to strap it up comes to mind! I'd like to see that!

Anonymous said...

Not sure the insurance company would validate the expense of a kid gloves removal. Crane companies are not cheap to hire. This thing looks written off just from the broken wings and smashed cowling alone. Parts bird. Tree service comes back out and takes out supporting branches letting it fall.

Anonymous said...

"The inbound aircraft collided with trees and caught fire ..."
Not seeing charring/smoke residue in the pictures. Very small fire that quickly self-extinguished?

I wouldn't want to be removing supporting branches and letting it fall on my head. A crane appears to be the safest method. Even a bucket truck will be dangerous because the debris might fall in an unintended direction. Perhaps a super bucket truck that can lift up and over the wreckage from a safe distance. Does insurance have to pay for that, or does the local govt pay for emergency recovery/cleanup? The wreckage is a public hazard ... dunno who pays.

Anonymous said...

I’m sure the local govt will gladly pick up the bill and save the owner some change.