Posted by: Drew | July 7, 2008

Shark River Plane Crash Update

Style of plane that crashedThe aircraft, was a RV-7 registered to Richard Jahns of Point Pleasant Beach. The body of the pilot (believed to be Richard Jahns) was pulled out of the plane’s wreckage at about 1 p.m.  The homebuilt plane crashed into three feet of water. The pilot was the only person in the plane at the time of the crash. At right is an image of the style of plane the pilot was flying at the time of the accident. Mr Jahns, the Pilot presumed dead, may still have been testing aircraft.

Additional coverage on the story

About the type of Plane:

The plane is a very popular design with homebuilt pilots. Despite what some are saying, homebuilt aircraft are safe and have to meet FAA requirements. I have added are a few links to homebuilders sights.

Dan Checkoway’s RV-7 Project

Van’s Aircraft – Aircraft Models: RV-7 7A Introduction

Mark & Dave’s RV-7

Phil’s RV-7 Project

Robert Paisley’s RV-7 Builder’s Site

News Sources:

From NJ.com

Authorities said the pilot did not file a flight plan, though one was not required. The FAA is leading the investigation into the crash. MORE…

Divers continue seeking body of sole occupant of home-built craft MORE…

From Philly.com

State police divers continued to sift through the muddy bottom of the Shark River… MORE…

From Asbury Park Press

It may have been a home-made plane that crashed into the Shark River Saturday
evening… MORE…

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