The Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall is shut after a jet left the runway, police said.
The incident happened after 8:00 PM yesterday evening when the Cessna Citation X was attempting to land.
All occupants of the plane made it out safely without injury.
“The airport will remain closed until the outcome of the investigation,” authorities said.
UPDATE: The Executive Director of Airport Operations Rita Berlin Spader tells TLS the airport has reopened.
UPDATE: At approximately 7:38 PM, Wall Township Police and Fire District 2 responded to Monmouth Executive Airport for an aircraft incident. Investigation on scene revealed a twin engine Citation jet left the runway while landing. It lost control upon entering a grass median, and came to rest on its underside off the taxiway.
Sudden high winds from incoming thunderstorms were a contributing factor.
The aircraft was occupied by its pilot and copilot. Both self-extricated from the plane and were uninjured. The plane sustained significant damage. Wall Fire District 2, with assistance from Monmouth County Hazmat, were able to isolate the fuel from the aircraft. The scene was secured until morning.
With daylight as an advantage, emergency crews returned to the airport the following morning. A private towing and recovery company removed the plane and the debris field was cleared. Spilled fuel was mitigated. The airport was closed during the initial investigation and has since reopened.
This was one of over 100 calls for service Wall Township Emergency Services responded to over the course of three hours due to the storm.
Wow, right before YT! How are all the (moderated) gonna get to their Pesach destinations?
Why in the world did they attempt a landing should have gone to an airport a few hundred miles away
None of the above comments make any sense. You dont know anything about how much fuel they were carrying nor is there any reason that there would have been a better result at MJX, or similar. You also dont know the details about why there was a loss of control as BLM has perpendicular runways to accommodate any wind direction as well as one of the longest runways in the whole tristate area. Also there was no indication that they were taking a high roller to a pesach destination on am exotic island or similar and so stop the cynicism until you know anything about what you are talking.
Such struggles. I overheard a guy in shul saying how difficult it was paying for matzohs and groceries…and I was like I know tell me about it my convenient airport was closed…gotta schlep to a different executive airport…
We’re in this together.
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