Fatal Cessna 172 Skyhawk Crash Kills Two, including Glen M. de Vries, in Hampton Township, New Jersey
November 11, 2021
Two people were killed on Thursday, November 11, 2021, when a fixed-wing single-engine Cessna 172 aircraft crashed near Kemah Lake, New Jersey. The aircraft was making a short flight from Essex County Airport to Sussex Airport. The two men aboard were Thomas Fisher, 54, the owner and head instructor of Fischer Aviation in Essex County, and Glen M. de Vries, 49, a healthcare entrepreneur from New York City best known for his recent trip to space aboard a Blue Origin aircraft. According to initial statements from the New Jersey State Police, the Cessna disappeared from radar around 3:00 P.M. under “unknown circumstances.” The wreckage was found in a wooded area about an hour later around 40 miles northwest of Manhattan.
The Cessna airplane, tail number N90559, was registered to Hanuman Aviation LLC in Haworth, New Jersey. It was manufactured in 2011 and equipped with a Lycoming IO-360-L2A engine.
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The NTSB is investigating the crash and will release a preliminary report in the coming days.
Recent Cessna Airplane Crashes
This tragic accident is the most recent of a rash of Cessna crashes:
- Cessna 340A Crash, Santee, San Diego County, California, October 11, 2021
- Cessna P210 Crash, Atlanta, Georgia, October 8, 2021
- Cessna 402C, Cape Air Flight 2072 Crash, Provincetown, Massachusettes, September 9, 2021
- Cessna 560 Citation XLS Business Jet Crash, Farmington, Connecticut, September 2, 2021
Kreindler Attorneys’ Experience with Cessna Crashes
Kreindler lawyers have handled many cases involving Cessna aircraft. Including those that were equipped with Lycoming engines. Among our previous Cessna cases is the tragic crash of a Cessna Citation II 550 business jet in which an emergency medical transplant team including two surgeons, two perfusionists, and two pilots were killed while transporting organs and en route to a patient awaiting a lung transplant at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Kreindler also filed suit on behalf of a New York family following the tragic crash of a Cessna R182 in New Fairfield, Connecticut which killed the pilot and his wife. The airplane lost all engine power and was determined to require an emergency landing before it crashed. The investigation revealed critical defects to the engine that the defendants had been aware of.
Kreindler prevailed against Cessna in a bird strike case following a Cessna 172S fatal crash in Texas.
Kreindler was successful in another Cessna case in which a pilot instructor crashed into a wooded area after experiencing a total loss of engine power.
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Photo Credit: Cessna 172 Skyhawk airplane, Alan Wilson