Eagles Nest Airport (New Jersey)

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Eagles Nest Airport
Airport typePrivately owned, public-use
OwnerPeter Weidhorn
LocationWest Creek, New Jersey
Elevation AMSL35 ft / 11 m
Coordinates39°39′55.4″N 74°18′28.5″W / 39.665389°N 74.307917°W / 39.665389; -74.307917
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 3,200 975 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations500
Based aircraft2

Eagles Nest Airport (FAA LID: 31E) is a privately owned public-use airport serving general aviation aircraft. It was upgraded in April 1989, however had been an airport since the 1960s. It is located two nautical miles (3.704 km) north of the community of West Creek, in Eagleswood Township, New Jersey.

An accident occurred there in June 2017 involving a skydiving aircraft crashing into the woods short of the runway. The aircraft, a 1966 Cessna C206, was owned by George Voishnis, also a co-owner of Skydive East Coast.

An accident occurred there in May 2017 involving a general aviation aircraft crashing into the leafy residential neighborhood of Laurel Hill Lane less than a mile from the runway. The airplane was substantially damaged, and it narrowly missed hitting two homes, crashing nose first into landscaping straddling two residential front lawns.

On 19 July 2017 an aircraft headed towards Eagles Nest made a successful emergency landing on Sunrise Highway in Yaphank near exit 57.[2]

Two tandem skydivers jumping with Skydive East Coast were seriously injured at the airport in May 2016 when their parachute collapsed. The professional skydiver and a first-time jumper were airlifted to the hospital.

A skydiving airplane operating for Skydive East Coast and flying out of the airport lost power and crash landed on a 4-lane highway, route 72, in Manahawkin, NJ in July 2015, barely missing several cars on the roadway, which is a busy access road to the popular beaches of Long Beach Island.

An accident occurred there in May 2008 involving a general aviation craft crash landing into the woods a few hundred feet way from the runway. The accident was witnessed by nearby residents. Two people, including the pilot, were killed in the crash. One of the survivors sued the state, the pilot's estate and her employer and settled these lawsuits in 2013.[3][citation needed]

The airport was purchased by Peter J. Weidhorn of Tenafly, NJ, who has pursued a number expansions of the airport, concerning many local residents who live close to the end of the runway of what was until his purchase a sleepy local airport.[4]






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