Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Mooney M20M/Bravo GX, N41XL: Accident occurred April 04, 2022 near Central Jersey Regional Airport (47N), 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, New Jersey

Location: Manville, New Jersey
Accident Number: ERA22LA179
Date and Time: April 4, 2022, 12:50 Local 
Registration: N41XL
Aircraft: Mooney M20M
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Business

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney 
Registration: N41XL
Model/Series: M20M 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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,99 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5500 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Greensboro, NC (GSO)
Destination: Manville, NJ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.529424,-74.591201

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a yard. 

Date: 04-APR-22
Time: 17:14:00Z
Regis#: N41XL
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20M
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

A small plane crashed into the front yard of a house on South Main Street in Manville Monday afternoon, not far from Central Jersey Regional Airport just over the border in Hillsborough.

The Mooney M20M/Bravo GX plane was destined for the Hillsborough airfield after taking off from Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina at 10:42 a.m., according to FlightAware.com.

“A Mooney M20M/Bravo GX crashed in a yard north of Central Jersey Regional Airport around 1 p.m. local time today,” said Eva Lee Ngai, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration. “We do not yet know the number of people onboard.”

Manville police Lt. John Crater said there were no casualties at the scene, and the pilot was the sole occupant of the plane and taken to a local hospital for treatment. He said the pilot, who he did not identify, got himself out of the plane and was across the street when authorities arrived.

The pilot had a head injury, but it did not appear life threatening, police said.

Preliminarily, Crater said it appears the pilot was landing, had a problem and tried to abort the landing and clipped a tree, which spun the craft and caused it to crash. It sparked a small fire, which firefighters extinguished in a short amount of time, Crater said.

Shortly before 5 p.m., the plane was hoisted onto a flatbed tow vehicle.

Neighbor Sharon Liszczak said the plane landed in the yard of a man who is often in front of his home, working on his car. While he was home at the time, he was not outside when the plane went down.

Another neighbor, Mike Szymanski, who lives next door to where the plane crash landed, was not home at the time, but arrived to find emergency vehicles close to his home. He said he was not surprised to learn it was a downed plane, considering they land at the airfield regularly.

“Somewhere along the line, we’re going to have an accident,” the 96-year-old resident said. “I didn’t hope for it, but I expected it.”

Szymanski, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1956, said he was pleased to learn the pilot survived the crash.

This plane went down a short distance from where a Cessna crashed landed on the top of several trees in September 2019 and stayed lodged for several days before being removed. That pilot was stuck in the plane for four hours before a local tree company helped rescue him.

The plane that crashed Monday is owned by a consulting group in North Carolina, according to public records. Messages left with the company were not immediately returned Monday evening.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate this crash, the FAA said.

MANVILLE, New Jersey — A small plane crashed into the front yard of a house, just two blocks from the Central Jersey Airport runway.

The FAA said a Mooney M20M/Bravo GX crashed about 1 p.m. The FAA did not yet know the number of people onboard.

Images from the crash scene show it came down on the front lawn of a house on South Main Street near the corner of South Greasheimer Street.

The plane looks to be intact except for the cover of the engine, which was ripped off in the crash, according to Manville police Lt. John Crater.

Crater said the only person onboard the plane was the pilot who was taken to a hospital for treatment of a facial injury. He got himself out of the plane, according to Crater.

"The initial investigation showed he attempted to land the plane and then abandoned that idea then had a hard time getting enough lift which caused him to hit a tree which knocked him into Manville," Crater said.

The impact of the plane on the road left a gouge in the road but nothing that will require emergency work. Crater said the plane caused "landscaping damage" to the property where it landed wound up between two houses with no structural damage.

The plane was removed on the back of a flatbed just before 5 p.m., according to Crater.

According to FlightAware.com the plane left Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina at 10:42 a.m. and was due to land at Central Jersey Airport at 12:50 p.m. The plane is owned by Guthrie Group, a North Carolina based banking and investment group.

The plane flew from Columbus, Ohio to East Texas Regional Airport on Thursday. Friday it flew from Texas to Greensboro.

FAA records show the plane was built in 2006.

The crash closed Millstone River Road between Franklin Drive and Wilhousky Street.