Sunday, April 17, 2022

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey 

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

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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.