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Small Plane Crashes In Central New Jersey  
User currently offlinefanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2026 posts, RR: 3
Posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

According to the AP, a small plane went down at Monmouth Executive Airport (BLM) at around 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday. Police report 4 people dead and one missing. In the following link there is some video footage (after a commercial). Looks very bad - the aircraft looks like it was a Cessna 377 Skymaster, but I could be wrong; the only thing I could make out was a three-bladed prop, part of a tail, and mangled bits of fuselage.




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User currently offlinewjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5406 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4186 times:

Quoting fanofjets (Thread starter):
the aircraft looks like it was a Cessna 377 Skymaster

Huh. The local CBS helicopter pilot said on the air that that is what he thought it was based upon what mechanics at the airport had told his mechanic, but he couldn't be sure.

I don't know how you can tell anything from the wreckage, even the closeups on the TV.

However, the local news video plainly focused in on part of an N number.

User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4495 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

Interesting position and impact. I'll be interested to hear the cause.

I'll agree that it looks like a C337--I'm basing that on the shape of the vertical tail piece.

I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineDashTrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1579 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3945 times:

You can see the two tail booms. Definitely a 336 or 377.

Belmar is a pretty lousy airport. Odd runways, non-standard markings, one runway that gets narrower, and has a small hill RIGHT next to it. Tied with SMO for my least favorite airports.

User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5825 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

Update from Yahoo:


Witness reports say the plane made a low pass over the runway with the gear up, and when the pilot pitched up a piece (or the whole) tail separated from the airplane. There were 3 male adults, a teenager, and an infant onboard. All perished, it appears the teen and infant were ejected during the crash.

Weather at the time was overcast but no precipitation.

"PHX is Phoenix, PDX is the other city" -777Way
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13281 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3863 times:

This was a very bad accident, occuring near landing, than a loss of control. It got a lot of attention during the 5-6 PM local NYC news TV stations. It was being identified as a Cessna Skymaster, a model with front and rear engines and a twin boom tail. Perhaps some part of the landing gear wasn't locked properly, a wind gust, perhaps a stuctrual failure, a landing misjugdment, a prop failure, who knows what happened. Much of the main body of the a/c ended up bouncing into a broken pile on a taxiway with some pieces on what was the intended landing runway. RIP to all those that died.

User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3863 times:

It would be a C-336 or C-337. You don't see many of these around anymore.

Not saying it pertains to this crash, but a lot of accidents were caused by the rear engine failing and the pilot not realizing that it did. And I have never heard of the tail boom assembly departing the aircraft, unless it was overstressed. I'd like to see the maintenance records for this aircraft.

User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1668 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3829 times:
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Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 6):
It would be a C-336 or C-337. You don't see many of these around anymore.

Very few C-336’s were built, the C-336 had a fixed landing gear like the standard Cessna single engine series, I think the C-336 was built for 1 or 2 years, then Cessna introduced the C-337 with the retractable landing gear and many other improvements.

I have had the misfortune of working on some C-337’s many years ago and they were nightmare to work on.


User currently offlinewannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 678 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

According to some local eye witnesses, the plane had departed a few minutes prior to the crash and was heading out on a sight seeing flight. The aircraft had then made an approach with gear up, flown down the lenght of the runway, and upon initiating a climbout, had part of the rear rudder/stabelizer section seperate from the aircraft. It appeared that the pilot was executing a flyby for some family members who were still on the ground. Following the seperation of parts from the rear of the aircraft, it subsequently rolled to one side and impacted to the side of the runway. If this version is accurate, it sounds like it could have been an overstress situation.

User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7669 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3529 times:

The plane was a 1973 Cessna T337G - N12NA



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