Authorities Airlift Crashed Plane near Fort Mott

PENNSVILLE – This morning around 9:00 AM authorities from throughout Salem County took care of quite an odd issue that happened to fall from the sky this weekend, literally.

Pennsville, Salem County, and crews from throughout the state came together and executed a perfect job on removing the stranded Cessna 172 that two Delaware residents had to crash land this past Saturday after the engine cut off and they had to crash land the airplane this past Saturday June 28th.

The coastal borders of New Jersey and the Delaware River are seemingly endless acres of dense muck. The shores of the Delaware River Estuary near Fort Mott and along the borders of much of the Delaware Bay are mudflats and are largely composed of salt marshes and mud flats. In the area in which they crash landed, it happened to be a large area of mudflats with tides that ebb ever closer to the shore over time making the region acres of thick mud.

So, an old Huey helicopter that was used during the Vietnam War has been restored and used by a private company to do many unique tasks, had to airlift the craft from this odd area and move it to where crews could disassemble it and ship it back to the owners. This morning, with the work of local officials the task went smoothly without a hitch. See the video and photos from this morning’s activities at Fort Mott Park in Pennsville, below:

Airplane stuck in the mud on banks of Delaware River after crash this past Sunday to be airlifted by Army Corps of Engineers, disassembled and taken back to Delaware where owners live. Picture taken 06-28-12-13-23
Airplane stuck in the mud on banks of Delaware River after crash this past Sunday to be airlifted by Army Corps of Engineers, disassembled and taken back to Delaware where owners live. Picture taken 06-28-12-13-23

Some information on the Cessna 172, which was the aircraft that crash landed after two pilots departing from New Castle heading to Milleville NJ were flying in. After the engine had some problems shortly after take off, the engine then cut out. This forced the two older gentlemen, whose names have not been released, to crash land in an inaccessible area by man on foot or by water. There were roughly 50 gallons of fuel left said the driver of the airplane on Saturday June 28th, 2014 when the crash occurred.

Some General Specifications of a Cessna 172 (assumed to be just regular model and information is from Wikipedia)

  • Length: 27 ft 2 in (8.28 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 1 in (11.00 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 11 in (2.72 m)
  • Wing area: 174 sq ft (16.2 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,691 lb (767 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,450 lb (1,111 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 56 US gallons

Staff photos taken by Ryan Buckwheat:

Old Huey Helicopter Preparing to Take Off in order to airlift stranded airplane that crashed on the coast of Delaware River in Pennsville
Old Huey Helicopter Preparing to Take Off in order to airlift stranded airplane that crashed on the coast of Delaware River in Pennsville
Authorities Before today's Activities
Crews attaching harness
Salem County Crews Airlift Crashed Airplane
Bringing the Plane Down
Crews work to dismount harnesses used to airlift the crashed plane today July 1, 2014 at Fort Mott Park
Crews work to dismount harnesses used to airlift the crashed plane today July 1, 2014 at Fort Mott Park

Video taken by Zachary Ahl :

Google Maps Image of Fort Mott and Surrounding Area
Google Maps Image of Fort Mott and Surrounding Area

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