Plane Impacts Driveway Four Miles From Field
A single-engine Beech A36 Bonanza crashed in a New Jersey
driveway Monday night and burst into flames, killing the pilot and
causing neighbors to flee.
FAA records show the Bonanza was approaching Caldwell, NJ after
a flight from Charlotte, NC. The NTSB says the pilot was cleared
for the localizer instrument approach for Caldwell in his last
contact with ATC. There was fog in the area, although investigators
don't know if that played a role in the crash or not.
Nearby residents in Wayne, NJ said they thought at first it was
the crash of a speeding car, or a tanker truck accident... but then
saw wings among the debris. The home where the plane crashed,
located four miles from the airport, was unoccupied at the
"I thought it was like a car that was speeding or something!
What kind of plane was it?" said one witness, according to New
Police identified the pilot as 55-year-old Andrew Coppolo.
Investigators told WABC-TV Coppolo flew the plane in and out of
nearby Essex County Airport many times; the aircraft (file photo of
type, below), owned by Berg A King Flying Corporation, was based at
WABC also reports one of the EMTs who responded to the accident
was the Coppolo's son.
Make/Model: BE36 Description: 36
Date: 01/05/2007 Time: 0040
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: WAYNE State: NJ Country:
ACFT CRASED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES ON A RESIDENTIAL
STREET, THE ONE
PERSON ON BOARD WAS FATALLY INJURED, WAYNE, NJ
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: WIND VAR 03 VIS 4 BR SCT005 SCT100 07/07 2975
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
Dep Date: Dep.
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: TETERBORO, NJ
Entry date: 01/16/2007