Plane crashes at Ocean Isle Airport

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By Kathryn Jacewicz, Staff writer

OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A plane crash at the Ocean Isle Beach Airport resulted in minor injuries for the pilot and passenger involved.

According to an incident report from the Ocean Isle Beach Police department, Sgt. Brian Higgins received a call of a plane crash around 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

Daniel Moskovitz, 43, of Pound Ridge, Conn., and Lauren Busskohl, 33, of Stamford, Conn., were flying in a 1971 Cessna, when it crashed on the east end of runway 24 near Hale Swamp Road, according to the incident report.

“When asked what happened, they stated they had engine trouble and were diverted to Ocean Isle Beach Airport, where they crash landed approximately 100-150 yards short of the east end runway,” Higgins wrote in the report.

The report said Busskohl said the two were about 10 minutes from the Grand Strand Airport, which was their anticipated destination, and the plane had an electrical surge and the engine stopped.

Moskovitz stated to the police the engine had shown previous malfunctions.

“He also stated the engine only had 10 hours on it, and that during a test flight on a different day of the new motor, he had to make an emergency landing because a throttle cable had broken.”

Both Moskovitz and Busskohl were taken to Brunswick Community Hospital after experiencing lower pack pain, but were released the same day, the report states.

Rex Smith from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the scene the following day to investigate the cause of the crash.

“[Smith] stated to me the pilot ran out of fuel, and that appeared to be the cause of the crash,” Higgins wrote. “During the investigation, Mr. Moskovitz powered up the electronics of the plane. I was told the electronics stated the plane had 5.3 gallons of fuel left in it. Mr. Smith stated the investigation by the FAA was complete and left.”

Maj. John Goodwin of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department said he could only recall a few accidents at the Ocean Isle Beach Airport within the past 30 years. One plane landed without its landing gear down, one overshot the runway and flipped over and one pilot was charged with operating a plane under the influence after his plane ran off the tarmac and flipped.

“We’ve been very lucky,” he said of the few number of incidents.