Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N23NJ: Accident occurred November 24, 2020 near Central Jersey Regional Airport (47N), Manville, Somerset County, 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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Civil Air Patrol

Location: Manville, NJ 
Accident Number: ERA21LA055
Date & Time: November 24, 2020, 16:07 Local
Registration: N23NJ
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted
Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N23NJ
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: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.33 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Manville, NJ
Destination: Manville, NJ

Wreckage and Impact Information

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


  1. I was told both pilots were flight instructors. Drone view shows displaced threshold on runway seven. I would have added a little power since this was a practice maneuver. Otherwise great job with only minor injuries!


    I noticed these comments regarding Civil Air Patrol upgrading equipment and providing flight training. I thought it was interesting.

  3. The previous comments basically advocate that CAP get new planes with up to date glass panels to improve situational awareness. Also mentioned getting auto land feature to prevent accidents such as this. I am a student pilot with 9 hrs. getting ready to solo. I’m flying and older C172 with a nice vfr setup with hand held GPS. I’m not sure the fancy equipment would have prevented this. I would just ad a touch of power to get to the runway. Maybe with my limited experience, I should hold back on my comments. Thanks

  4. I agree that based on the circumstances, these two pilots got the plane on the ground with only minor injuries. CAP pilots are known for hanging in there when the going gets rough and present an example for all of us pilots to follow and admire. Having reviewed this thoroughly, I suspect that it was an engine or control malfunction causing the short approach. Having obstacles at the approach and in the flight path is another factor that the investigators need to explore. Having reviewed a sample of CAP accidents on this site, it is obvious that they rarely make a mistake. Very disciplined regarding their flying, which is supported by the result.