Eagles Nest Airport (New Jersey)
|Eagles Nest Airport|
|Airport type||Privately owned, public-use|
|Location||West Creek, New Jersey|
|Elevation AMSL||35 ft / 11 m|
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 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.
Two tandem skydivers jumping with Skydive East Coast were seriously injured at the airport in May of 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 of 2015, barely missing several cars on he 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. The state police called off a search for the plane after only two hours, despite the fact that the crash occurred less than two miles from the police barracks. 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.
The airport was purchased by Peter J. Weidhorn of Manalapan, NJ, who has pursued a number of improvements and expansions of the airport, angering many local residents who live close to the end of the runway of what was until recently a sleepy local airport.
- FAA Airport Master Record for 31E ( PDF), effective 2010-06-30
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