WALL TOWNSHIP: On 4/1/23 at 7:38 PM, Wall Township Police and Fire District 2 responded to Monmouth Executive Airport for an aircraft incident. Investigation on scene revealed a twin engine Citation jet left the runway while landing. It lost control upon entering a grass median, and came to rest on its underside off the taxiway.
Sudden high winds from incoming thunderstorms were a contributing factor.
The aircraft was occupied by its pilot and copilot. Both self-extricated from the plane and were uninjured. The plane sustained significant damage. Wall Fire District 2, with assistance from Monmouth County Hazmat, were able to isolate the fuel from the aircraft. The scene was secured until morning.
With daylight as an advantage, emergency crews returned to the airport the following morning. A private towing and recovery company removed the plane and the debris field was cleared. Spilled fuel was mitigated. The airport was closed during the initial investigation and has since reopened.
This was one of over 100 calls for service Wall Township Emergency Services responded to over the course of three hours due to the storm. It is another example of our personnel operating at a unique emergency under one unified command structure resulting in a successful outcome.