Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Piper J3C-65 Cub, N88610: Incident occurred July 19, 2021 in Ocean City, New Jersey

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

Aircraft experienced engine failure and landed on the Route 52 Causeway (9th Street) bridge.

Paramount Air Service Inc

Date: 19-JUL-21
Time: 16:37:00Z
Regis#: N88610
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

OCEAN CITY, New Jersey (WPVI) -- An investigation is underway after a banner plane made an emergency landing on a bridge in Ocean City, New Jersey Monday afternoon.

The incident was first reported at about 12:38 p.m. on the 9th Street Bridge, which connects Ocean City and Somers Point in Cape May County.

Landon Lucas, an 18-year-old flying for Paramount Air Service, reported that his plane began to experience engine trouble as he was flying near Steel Pier in Atlantic City, officials said. He released his banner into the ocean and was attempting to reach Ocean City Municipal Airport when he spotted a gap in traffic in the westbound lanes of the causeway.

Lucas landed the plane with no damage to the aircraft, and no injury to himself or any drivers, officials said.

Drivers and bystanders took pictures at the unusual sight.

"I was riding back to my house all of a sudden I see a plane going lower and lower and I could hear it," said witness Daniel Lepone. "I heard a loud boom and the propeller and it was really loud and I could see it just drift down slowly. It was pretty scary."

Investigators remained on the scene, and crews towed the plane away just after 4 p.m.

Both inbound lanes to Ocean City remained open to traffic, and a single outbound lane was open while authorities investigated the landing.

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