Parents Die In Crash, Children Injured
A husband and wife are reported dead, and their two teenage
children hurt, after a Piper Seneca went down on approach to the
airport in Old Bridge, NJ Sunday night.
The accident occurred at approximately 10:20 pm, as the Seneca
was on approach to Old Bridge Airport (3N6) in dense fog when it
apparently missed the runway. The Seneca slammed into a grove of
trees near Old Bridge Township Raceway, a dragstrip adjacent to the
field. One police officer described the crash site as "pretty
Old Bridge police identified the victims as Steve Ben Hanania,
57, and his wife, Shirri. Their children -- a boy, 12, and a
13-year-old girl were said to be in "critical, but stable"
condition today at a New Brunswick hospital.
Police added the teenagers "are not responsive at this point."
The family was reportedly returning from a family gathering in Lake
The FAA registry lists the aircraft, N8446F, as registered to
Steve Ben Hanania.
There's no word yet on the cause of the crash or whether there
was any sort of distress call before the Seneca went down. The NTSB
and FAA will investigate.
Make/Model: PA34 Description: PA-34
Date: 03/13/2006 Time: 0400
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: OLD BRIDGE State: NJ Country:
ACFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES 1/4 MILE FROM THE
AIRPORT, THERE WERE FOUR PERSONS ON BOARD, TWO WERE FATALLY
INJURED AND TWO WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED, OLD BRIDGE, NJ
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 3 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Dep Date: Dep.
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: TETERBORO, NJ
Entry date: 03/13/2006