Mon, Jul 09, 2007
Pilot Receives Minor Injuries After Engine Quits
The young pilot of a Cessna 305 banner-tow aircraft received
minor injuries Saturday, when she was forced to put the plane down
on a beach in Asbury Park, NJ after its engine reportedly cut
Katie Koehler, 22, was taken to a local hospital with a bruised
left arm and a cut on her lip after putting the plane down two
miles from the main entrance of the 12-mile park, reports the
Asbury Park Press.
Witnesses heard the plane's engine backfire before observing the
aircraft turn sharply left into the wind. The aircraft (type shown
above) turned almost a complete circle before it impacted the
"The first thing I saw was the plane drop its banner," said
Jacob Young. Witness Steve Minicozzi added, "It was kind of
East Moriches Aerial President Ron DeLalio agreed. "When it
comes to pilots, she's absolutely the best," he said of Koehler, a
two-year employee with the flying service.
Police and rescue personnel arrived on the scene about 20
minutes after the accident, which occurred at around 4:00 pm EDT
Saturday. Investigators also responded to the accident.
The incident was the third in just over one year involving
banner planes in the area. As ANN reported last July,
two banner planes were forced to make emergency landings in Toms
River on the same day -- one in a restaurant parking lot, the other
at a local ballfield. No one was injured in either incident.
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