[Pilot and Registration Has Been Identified] A Cessna 414 Has Crashed in New Jersey, Killing One


New Jersey, A Cessna 414 has crashed into multiple homes. No fatalities have been confirmed yet. The crash happened a few hours ago in Colonia, NJ. The status of the pilot is still unknown, however, the mayor of Colonia has been quoted saying

“We don’t know,” said Mayor John McCormac at the scene. “Apparently he is still in the plane. Say a prayer for the pilot.”

The plane crashed directly into the ceiling of one home, setting it ablaze with aviation fuel. The fuel also ignited other homes in the area of the main crash. However, apart from the structural damage, no other injuries have been confirmed.

Responders have gotten a boost as rain has started to occur over the scene, and should douse the flames. It is currently unknown as to the status of the scene, apart from the report 3 hours ago.

An NTSB team has said to have been dispatched to investigate the scene.

As usual, more details will come as the story develops.

Edit: It has been confirmed that the pilot died upon impact. My heart goes out to their family.

Edit 2: A video has been taken from a Ring doorbell showing the crash. Investigators are using it in the investigation.
Edit 3: Two teams from the FAA and NTSB have been dispatched to investigate. Further details are unknown.

[Breaking] Edit 4: The pilot of the 414 has been identified as a prominent cardiologist heading toward New York City for a lecture. The name of the pilot has been identified as Dr. Michael Schloss by his wife. His age was 74. May he rest in peace.
According to The New York Times,
“This man was a true Renaissance man — a fine gentleman,” said the airport director, Paul Dudley. He added that Dr. Schloss, who was born in Brooklyn and lived in Virginia, regularly flew into Linden Airport, which is about 25 miles southwest of Midtown Manhattan.

Edit 5: The registration has been identified. The 414a has been identified at N595MJ. More details can be found here.

Images courtesy of the New York Times.

Also, this is not a small Gen Av crash on the local news. It made it to headlines.


Not good for aviation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but another Cessna 414 crashed in California not too long ago. Hope everyone is okay. :(


Sad story. I hope people in the houses are ok, my heart goes out to the pilots family too. I don’t have anything to say, so I’ll be quiet.


It is, sadly it killed a few people in the other incident.





As stated above, a video has been recovered displaying the aircraft going down. It has been removed by investigators and is being used to investigate the crash.

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This year really is bad for Aviation with the Atlas 767, 737-8200, 777X delays and a lot more. Let’s hope 2020 is better


Is there a problem with the 414?

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I have no clue. Depending on what caused the crashes, they could be related and lead to further investigation.

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First the 737, now the 414. Lets the groundings begin.


eh, I wouldn’t say grounding yet. if the cause of the crash is related to the other one in California, they may talk about grounding it.


Next up A220 starts engine issues.

I don’t want to be a party pooper here, but generally small accidents like this are not allowed to be covered here…

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I mean hey, ya never know. the cirrus jet was grounds for a few months.

This actually made national headlines. Check the post.

I know, but generally we are not allowed to cover general aviation accidents, look at this section on the rules:

“As it is an unfortunate truth that there are many small aviation incidences on a daily basis. We ask that you refrain from posting about these on the forum. This is due to the volume of topics we would otherwise get that would clog up the forum and dilute productive discussion of other topics.”



We will see what the mods say.

@KPIT. MaxSez: Your. Reading the guidance out of context.
It state “ many small aviation incidences on a daily basis.“. This Topic deals with an “Accident” and not an “Incident”. Believe this item is spot on, An “Incident” as defined by the FAR is no loss of life or hull loss.
GA are fair game, the AvSafety” Stat’s put GA at the top of the loss leader board. Care to discuss it, PM pls.
Regards, Max


I’m not the mods, but if you look back at previous topics I don’t think I’m taking it count of context here, look at all these similar topics closed for that reason…

@KPIT @Maxmustang Please don’t argue here. You guys are the older ones and role models of the forums. Take this to a PM :)