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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.

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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