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.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
The first A-29 Super Tucano was delivered Sept. 25, a tangible victory for Embraer and workers in the new factory in Jacksonville, Florida.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>