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Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, N33125: Accident occurred August 14, 2022 at Gardiner Airport (5NY5), Ulster County, New York

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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Kemner, Heidi

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

Westchester County Police Pilots Association Inc

Location: Gardiner, New York
Accident Number: ERA22LA373
Date and Time: August 14, 2022, 11:40 Local
Registration: N33125
Aircraft: Piper PA-32-300 
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N33125
Model/Series: PA-32-300 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.673796,-74.150002 (est)

Aircraft landing, for unknown reasons attempted a go around, lost control going through shrubs, a fence and came to rest near a home.  

Date: 14-AUG-22
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N33125
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Two people are recovering after a small plane crashed during an attempted landing at a skydiving facility in the Hudson Valley.

State Police in Ulster County said the single-engine, fixed wing airplane crashed at around 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, in the town of Gardiner.

At the time, the Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six plane was flying from Westchester County Airport in White Plains to Skydive The Ranch, located in Gardiner, police said.

While attempting to land at the skydiving facility, the pilot stated there appeared to be an issue with the plane’s brakes and the aircraft would not stop.
The pilot tried climbing in an attempt to make another landing, but did not gain enough altitude and struck a cable fence at the end of the runway near Sand Hill Road, according to police.

The plane then crossed Sand Hill Road and traveled through a vacant lot, striking trees and rocks before coming to a stop on Sand Hill Road.

Of the four people onboard, police said the pilot and front seat passenger suffered minor injuries. Nobody else was injured in the ordeal.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating. 

Joe Richards, the owner of Skydive the Ranch, told Daily Voice the plane involved belonged to someone else who came to the facility to visit a skydiver. 

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