BREAKING: Plane Crashes During Forced Landing In Robbinsville; Pilot Walks Away From Crash With No Major Injuries

June 6, 2021 –Updated with official press release from Robbinsville PD


On June 6, 2021 at approximately 17:02 hours, Robbinsville Township Police Communications received a 911 call advising of a place crash in the area of Gordon and Sharon Road. Upon patrol unit’s arrival to the area, the pilot of the aircraft was observed walking around the area and a plane was located in the middle of Sharon Road near the intersection of Gordon Road. The pilot of the plane was identified as a 47 year old male from East Windsor, New Jersey. The pilot was transported via ambulance for minor back pain. The aircraft was identified as a 1966 Piper aircraft. Preliminary investigation has determined that the pilot took off from the Robbinsville Airport shortly before the crash and that the pilot experienced some sort of mechanical failure while in flight, causing him to perform an emergency landing .This investigation is still on going and notification was made to the Federal Aviation Administration for further investigation.


Original breaking news report:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Preliminary information indicates a pilot taking of from Trenton-Robbinsville Airport N87 lost power and tried to make a forced emergency landing, crashing into a tree then a utility pole with live wires and a transformer. The plane then turned and landed on Sharon Road near Gordon (Page’s Corner) at 5:02 p.m.

The pilot did not appear to be injured and was up and walking around, turned off the batteries before walking to the ambulance for evaluation. Police reported that the man was transported to the hospital with minor back pain.

Robbinsville Township Police Department, Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Hamilton Township Fire Department and RWJ EMS responded to the scene.

Investigators were en route from the FAA, NJ DOT Division of Aeronautics to the scene.

Witnesses in the area of the old Miry Run Golf Course now Robbinsville Open Space posted on Facebook hearing the planes engines sputter.

Jersey Central Power and Light cut power to the lines and firefighters extinguished the burring transformer, utility pole and phone and cable wires.

Sharon and Gordon Roads will be closed for some time for the investigation and the utility pole replacement. Power in the immediate area will be out for an extended period while wires and utility poles are replaced.

Update the plane has been placed on a tow truck and transported to Trenton-Robbinsville Airport N87 on Sharon Road.



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