February 25, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
The NTSB says a section of the outer right wing of a Cessna Skymaster failed during a Feb. 15 accident at Monmouth County Executive Airport at Farmingdale, N. J.
Three adults and two children died in the accident. Crewmembers of a helicopter and the pilot of another airplane in the area heard a radio call indicating the aircraft would do a low pass over the runway.
The airplane was about one third down the runway when a section of the airplane was seen by observers to separate as the nose of the airplane pitched up. The airplane rolled to the right and veered toward the right, away from the runway. The airplane hit the ground and continued sliding, and rolled as debris departed from the airplane.
A six-foot section of the outboard right wing was located on Runway 32, along with small debris from the right wing. A section of the right aileron from the separated six-foot wing section was located in the snow off to the left of the runway.
A handheld Garmin GPS unit was located within the wreckage. The unit has been sent to the NTSB Vehicle Recorders Laboratory for data retrieval.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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