On Monday in New Jersey, a small plane crashed in the front yard of the main street home in Manville. Luckily there was only one pilot on board. The pilot suffered some facial injuries, and he was found conscious. He was removed immediately from the accident area and expected to be okay, Manville’s police chief expressed.
The crash occurred around 1. P.M at the 900 block of the south main street. The home is near Central Jersey airport, which is only feet apart. The pilot was flying to New Jersey from North Caroline when the crash occurred. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.
The initial study is that the pilot was trying to land the aircraft, but unexpected and uncontrollable wind or climate might cause the crash.
The FAA stated the single-engine plane has Mooney M20M. The video footage from the plane crash showed the plane, its heavily damaged nozzle, landing and resting on bushes in the home’s front yard, succumbing to some overhead power lines adjacent to the main road. The crash caused damage to the power lines by clipping those, and PSE&G was on the scene renewing the power to the neighborhood. In the scene, a car parked in the driveway appeared beneath the plane, causing no harm to persons.
Authorities informed other than the pilot on board, no one else was injured nor any risk until now. The report says it had departed earlier from an airport in Greensboro, but it wasn’t immediately clear how many people were on board.
L.T.John Carter, from the Manville department, shared his assumption about the cause of the incident:
“The pilot was coming from North Carolina, and it seems like the landing went bad. I don’t know if it’s the wind or mechanical error. But he attempted to land and later abandoned landing, and then somehow hit a tree and got spun around.”
One of the Manville residents expressed the terrifying moment.
“I was in the house, and suddenly I heard this explosion. And I ran down to the cellar. I thought my furnace blew up. And then I looked around and went outside to see what was going on, and all of my neighbors followed, and we had no electricity. Then one among us came in the back and informed us about the plane crash,” he said.
In 2019, there occurred a similar incident in New Jersey. A small plane plunged into a two-story home, causing the pilot’s death. A Cessna 414A plane crashed, sparking a fire that engulfed the home and damaged adjacent buildings.
Luckily the family of three who lived in the home went outside at the crash.
“The fuel and the explosion just destroyed the house instantly,” the Woodbridge Township Mayor said about the incident back then.