Sunday, April 17, 2022

Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3, N225SC: Accident occurred April 17, 2022 at Essex County Airport (KCDW), Caldwell, 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; Saddle Brook, New Jersey

GP Aviation LLC

Location: Caldwell, New Jersey
Accident Number: ERA22LA190
Date and Time: April 17, 2022, 14:30 Local 
Registration: N225SC
525B Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N225SC
Model/Series: 525B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCDW,171 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:17 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /-8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / 22 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: St Paul, MN (STP) 
Destination: Caldwell, NJ (CDW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.875225,-74.28135 (est)

Aircraft landed long and rolled off end of runway into a ditch. 

Date: 17-APR-22
Time: 18:40:00Z
Regis#: N225SC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 525
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Fairfield Police Department - Essex County, New Jersey

Fairfield (New Jersey) On April 17, 2022, at approximately 2:41 PM, the Fairfield Police Department was alerted to a plane crash at the Essex County Airport located at 125 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield. New Jersey Emergency personnel, to include police, fire and EMS were immediately dispatched to the scene.

The plane, which was a Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3, was located off the end of Runway 22 in a drainage brook. The three occupants were attempting to get out of the plane upon the arrival of the police. All three, to include a pilot in command, second in command and the plane’s owner were all uninjured.

Very preliminary investigation revealed that, at the time of the crash, the plane was attempting to land on Runway 22. As the plane was descending, there were strong cross winds which resulted in the plane not touching down on the runway soon enough. The plane traveled briefly on the runway, then onto a grassy area and finally ended up in the drainage brook.

The occupants of the plane were as follows:

Corie Dave Bennett (45) of Danbury, Connecticut, Carlos Rodriguez, (57) of Poughkeepsie, New York, and the plane's owner, Edward P. Gregory (66) of Bernardsville, New Jersey.

At the time of this release, the plane was emitting jet fuel into the brook. The Nutley Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit was called in to assist the Fairfield Fire Department in helping to contain the spill.

“We are very relieved that no one was injured as a result of this incident” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

Also responding to assist were the West Caldwell Police and Fire Departments, the Essex County Sheriff's Department, and the West Essex First Aid Squad. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were both notified of the incident.

Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna

FAIRFIELD — Three people aboard a Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3 were uninjured when it ran off the end of the Essex County Airport runway after landing around 2:41 p.m. on Easter Sunday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and police. 

The occupants, including the owner who is from Bernardsville and the pilot and second in command, were attempting to get out of the plane when police arrived at the scene, Fairfield police said in a statement. 

As the plane was attempting to land, strong crosswinds prevented the aircraft from touching down soon enough, according to a preliminary investigation by Fairfield police. The plane briefly hit the runway, then grass, until it landed in a drainage brook. 

The Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3 was laying in a grassy area on the southern end of the airport Sunday and close to a dozen police, ambulances and fire trucks from Fairfield, West Caldwell, the West Essex First Aid Squad and Essex County Sheriff's Department were lined up behind the plane with their sirens flashing. A strong smell of fuel wafted through the surrounding area. 

At 5:45 p.m. the plane was still emitting fuel into the brook. First responders called in Nutley Fire Department's hazardous materials unit to help Fairfield Fire Department contain the spill. 

The FAA said it is investigating the incident. Fairfield police notified the National Transportation Safety Board of the crash. 


  1. KCDW 171853Z 33012G21KT 10SM BKN070 10/M09 A3015 RMK AO2 PK WND 29029/1829 SLP217 T01001089

    1. Landed 4552 x 80 foot RW22. Field elevation 172 feet, 30.15 local altimeter adds 130 feet to 29.92 referenced ADS-B data.


  2. This is why the go around was invented!

  3. Why would the tower suggest 22?

    1. typically IFR aircraft inbound to the KEWR satellites (KTEB KMMU KCDW) are assigned a runway the same direction as the runway in use @ KEWR to avoid ATC conflicts of opposite direction traffic...probably due to protected airspace for a potential missed approach. I fly at all of these airports and if the assigned runway doesn't have a favorable wind component, I request a runway more aligned with the wind. If its VFR I can cancel IFR and proceed VFR. If its IFR then there is a possible delay. Today was VFR. Not going to 'monday morning quarterback' but the adsb track posted above would indicate an unexpected wind increase of 16 kts on final (assuming a stabilized approach). I flew at KCDW earlier in the day and the wind was all over the place and I required full control deflections to keep it going.

    2. More simply put:


    3. @ more simply put...The wind favored runway 04. Jets HAVE used 10/28 plenty of times. I'm based there.

    4. Doesn't rwy4 have displaced threshold?

    5. They are both displaced. RWY 4 a bit more (375') than RWY 22 (135').

  4. Short runway, good crosswind, tailwind component. They are VERY lucky there was no fire.

  5. It was Easter Sunday. They could have landed runway 31 at LGA, paid the landing fee, and Uber’d home.

  6. Get-home-itis strikes again. Just unreal how this continues to happen. Go around and settle it down on a stabilized approach now that you know the wind situation. But nope, not when you have the boss owner on board. Can't do that! Now they all have a bent aircraft on their record, or in the owner's case, a potential write off.

    1. Per the report, the owner lives in Bernardsville, which is much close to KMMU. KMMU has very expensive ramp fees so KCDW is a reasonably priced alternative if you're trying to save money. I guess the 'discount' wasn't a good decision today.

  7. At least no one was hurt could have been much worse.

  8. Weird. PA is like the site of many interesting things happening. Drug planes caught by the Feds for example. I guess a pivot state with lotsa small airports in the hills and middle of nowhere but close enough to all the population centers of the NE to make it an interesting hub.

  9. Possible crew fatigue!
    5SC departed from Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport (MSP) @ 16:26:09 Z. Arrived previous day the 16th @ Time: 17:26:55 Z. On the 15th, completed a round trip from Jersey to Florida and back.

  10. Simply another mistake. I have made many, and so have you.

  11. 4500 is plenty of runway for that aircraft. Citations go in and out of my strip quite often at 3800.

    1. ...plenty of runway IF the wheels are down by the end of the first third. If not, go around.

  12. 2020 production airframe. Is parting out presumed, or repair practical?

  13. No pilots read STICK & RUDDER and longer, so we should expect this kind of stuff with too many pilots dependent on automation.

  14. With an outcome as such, will it or does it mean the pilots will no longer be able to fly agin until they have remedial training and accident prevention training (presumably by the insurance carrier) or what os the take here for the FAA? Would they ever impose fines?

    1. I can tell you this: if the captain ever DOES get another job flying jets, he'll probably be known as "Go-Around Joe" :))

  15. What is the max demonstrates crosswind component for this type of Citation ? I know not a limitation but a good number to reference.

    1. Around 17 knots. This is NOT a limitation.

  16. Not a plane certified that I know of that has a legal tailwind component of more than 10 kts.