Atlantic City Police Officer, Wife Lost
An experimental Harmon F1 Rocket was lost Friday evening in
Southern New Jersey taking the lives of a local couple who were
The aircraft took off at the Woodbine Municipal Airport in
Belleplain, NJ and remained in the area for around an hour.
According to witnesses aircraft lost altitude over the airport at
1935 local time and impacted a street in front of the fire
Pilot Dennis McGurk Jr., 37, and his wife, Oksana McGurk, 34,
were identified as the victims lost in the crash. McGurk was an
Atlantic City Police Officer and had only purchased the aircraft
several months prior.
Though the Harmon Rocket (type shown below) is an aerobatic
aircraft, State Police spokesman Sgt. Julian Castellanos, would not
speculate on whether McGurk was practicing aerobatic maneuvers
prior to the crash.
"We don't know what he was doing at the time of the accident,"
Castellanos said. "The FAA will be working to determine that."
The impact downed electrical wires in the area and service was
out until 0500 Saturday morning.
Initial reports indicated the aircraft may have been involved in
a mid-air collision based on radio communications, but police later
confirmed the Rocket was the only aircraft involved.
Eyewitness Arletta Creamer confirmed the report. "Believe me, he
came straight down and he never attempted to recover. There was
definitely no another plane involved."
Fire departments from Belleplain, Woodbine and Tuckahoe as well
as the NJ Forest Fire Service and Belleplain Emergency Corps
responded to the scene.
The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation
Administration and the state Department of Transportation's
Division of Aeronautics.
Make/Model: EXP Description: F1
Date: 06/21/2008 Time: 0000
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: BELLEPLAIN State: NJ Country:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE TWO
PERSONS ON BOARD WERE
FATALLY INJURED, BELLEPLAIN, NJ
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 2 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Entry date: 06/23/2008