Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2005 Issue

April 5, 2005, Green Creek, N.J. / Piper PA-28R-201 Arrow

At 2203 Eastern time, the airplane was destroyed when it collided with trees and terrain while attempting to land at the Cape May County Airport (WWD) in Wildwood, N.J. The two Private pilots aboard were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed for the night practice instrument flight. At about 2200, the owner of a campground in Green Creek heard an airplane “wind up, and then a crunching sound.” All major airframe components were accounted for at the wreckage site, which was two nautical miles from WWD. At 2155, the weather reported at WWD included clear skies, 10 miles visibility and wind from 190 degrees at four knots. The temperature was 48 degrees, and the dewpoint was 37 degrees. T...

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