Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Cessna 172N Skyhawk , N734JF: Accident occurred November 18, 2020 at Central Jersey Regional Airport (47N), Manville, New Jersey

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, New Jersey 

Location: Manville, NJ 
Accident Number: ERA21LA045
Date & Time: November 18, 2020, 11:35 Local 
Registration: N734JF
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N734JF
Model/Series: 172 N 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSMQ,105 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C /-11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4400 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 25 knots, 340°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.48 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Manville, NJ
Destination: Manville, NJ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.524444,-74.598306 (est)

HILLSBOROUGH, New Jersey - High winds are believed to have caused a single-engine plane with a student pilot at the controls to flip over after touching down on the runway at Central Jersey Airport late Wednesday morning.

"The way that wind was gusting today, it was brutal," said Joe Horner, airport owner.

"The wind drifted him a little bit as he was about to touchdown;" Horner said. "With those winds, it was like trying to fly a kite; all the weight is up front in the motor.," he added.

One of the wheels on the fixed landing gear caught the lip of the runway, Horner said, causing it to flip.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident and determine an official narrative and cause, according to Horner; as a matter of routine, Horner shut down the airport after the crash, with no flights in or out; as of 4:30 p.m., the FAA had yet to conclude its preliminary investigation. The plane remained upside down off to the side of the runway where it came to rest, Horner said and cannot be moved until the FAA gives its OK.

The student pilot, Philip McPherson, 32, of Bound Brook, and instructor Sundaresh Suddiah, 52, of Edison, were uninjured in the 11:45 a.m. crash, according to Hillsborough Police.

The plane, owned and operated by TriState Aviation flight school, located at the airport, was damaged, according to Horner.

The airport is located at1034 Millstone River Road, Hillsborough, NJ

Responding units to the scene were Hillsborough Police, Hillsborough Fire Units 37 & 38, Hillsborough Fire Safety, Hillsborough Office of Emergency Management, Robert Wood Johnson Rescue Squad, Somerset County Hazmat and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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