Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2003 Issue

November 15, Fairfield, N.J. / Mooney Cadet and Piper Lance

At 1908 eastern time, a Mooney M10 and a Piper PA-32R-300 collided while maneuvering to land at Essex County Airport, killing the pilots of each airplane. The Mooney had been conducting touch-and-go landings on runway 22 and the Piper was flying in from Pittstown, N.J. At 1905, the pilot of the Piper established communication with the air traffic control tower and reported 7.5 miles west/northwest at 2,500 feet. The tower controller instructed the pilot of the Piper to report a right downwind for runway 22 but received no further transmissions from the airplane. The pilot of the Mooney had just completed a go-around and was turning onto a crosswind leg for runway 22. The Piper was entering t...

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