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Plane Overturned While Landing Injuring 2, Cops Say

Both occupants suffered non-life-threatening injuries in crash at Central Jersey airport.

Both occupants of a twin-engine plane that at Hillsborough's Central Jersey Regional Airport suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Alfonso Meghnagi, 44, of Princeton, and Stuart Rosenberg, 44, of South Orange, were on board the 1980 Beechwood twin engine aircraft that overturned while attempting to land at about 11:30 a.m., Hillsborough Police said.

The plane struck a metal fence and a parked trailer located in the northwest area of the airport, police said. When officers arrived, the two occupants were out of the plane and receiving assistance from bystanders, police said.

Meghnagi suffered a lower-leg injury and was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, police said. Rosenberg suffered minor injuries and was transported by the Hillsborough Rescue Squad to RWJH, police said.

The crash remains under investigation, police said.

In addition to the Hillsborough police and rescue squad, Hillsborough fire units Nos. 36, 37 and 38, the Somerset County MICU, Hillsborough Office of Emergency Management, Hillsborough Fire Safety Office, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, Somerset County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey State Police Northstar, the New Jersey State Department of Transportation and the FAA responded to the scene.

LB September 07, 2012 at 10:14 AM
It seems you frequently hear about these small private planes crashing. I'm glad the 2 men will be okay, but I wonder if there should be more regulation when it comes to these private planes. Luckily no one on the ground was hurt, nor did the plane end up on a busy street or someone's home.
Solberg773 September 07, 2012 at 01:10 PM
LB, what regulations do you propose? Rather than spend taxpayer money on more unneeded regulations, let's find the cause of the accident and make improvements in our airports and aircraft to continually make them safer. Please review the 2011 Preliminary Summary of GA Accidents report at http://www.aopa.org/asf/publications/120516prelim-nall-summary.pdf . It is a concise statistical report summarizes the GA safety record during 2010, 10-year trends in accident numbers and rates, and preliminary figures on accidents during 2011. It shows that non-commercial flights in both airplanes and helicopters suffered fewer accidents than in 2009 despite increased flight activity; the accident rate for helicopters actually dropped below the fixed-wing rate for the first time. The annual Air Safety report is also available at http://www.aopa.org/asf/publications/10nall.pdf. We need to spend money on our country's aging infrastructure and not on increasing regulations and the size of our government.
WILSON D. MERRIWEATHER September 07, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Although the name of the airport has changed from Kupper to Central Jersey Regional ( a rather indistinct name), the airport is quaint, safe, still in a basically rural/suburban area, and serves a purpose. Personally, the airport should be expanded with State funding, to include a Heliport on the Southwest Quadrant, and contain National Guard Aviation facilities as an adjunct from Mercer, as Manville always floods and will continue to do so. Although the local population periodically complains,, the facility is there for recreational/business/instructional purposes deemed necessary by the State. There was a proposal, I believe, a year or so ago to close the facility, as either FEDEX or UPS expressed a desire for a 300 truck 24/7 Distribution Facility. Fortunately, it was tabled. Personally speaking (and I am not an Aviator) the State should widen and lengthen the runway, modernize the taxiways, erect more modern igloo type hangers on the southern portion, and look to expand the facility. Presently, there are only a few ultralights there. Encourage more !! Glider operations (Soaring). Encourage more ! Ballooning.The S/W corner is ideal !! Encourage more ! It should evolve into a facility that encourages Aviation progress. It would be great for the economy to have an Airshow or two, or a Warbird Fly-In hosted there. More activity should be encouraged !!!
Rich September 07, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Small airplane accidents are actually pretty rare, just a handful a year. It's just that the media overreacts to aviation incidents because it sells papers. Did you know there were 78,363 car accidents in NJ 2011? You dont see the newpapers posting big articles for each of them.
Kelly September 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I agree that we should have an airshow or a festival of some sort there. It is a nice centrai locations, but I'm not sure of the parking. I'm not sure about encouraging balloon launches from there though. In a balloon, you are at the mercy of the winds and I'm not sure there are enough landing sites in any direction but west of the airport. I do like the idea of getting more use out of it though.
VietNam Vet September 09, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Rich you are so right, the media is always blowing things out of proportion with things like this, especially the NY news. They always ask the same question, " Can this kind of accident happen here"? Its so dumb.
Al Beronio September 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Let's face it. The modus operandi of media is, "If it bleeds, it leads".
Mark Phelps September 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
BTW: For the record, it's 'Beechcraft' not 'Beechwood.'

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