Ocean Beach, NJ Helicopter Crash, Aug 1983

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HELICOPTER CRASH.

TWO DEAD, TWO MISSING, TWO INJURED IN SUNDAY MISHAP.

Dover Township, N.J. (AP) -- Witnesses say a helicopter struggled shortly before it crashed into the ocean here, killing a father and his son, critically injuring another son and a daughter and leaving the pilot and a 14-year-old boy missing.
"Obviously, they were in trouble," said Beth MacCurry, who witnessed the Sunday crash from a nearby home.
She said the helicopter flew low to the water before its tail dipped.
"I think the tail end hit. There wer pieces of it flying out and then it was gone," she said.
Horrified beachgoers told authorities they saw the craft break up as it plunged into the surf about 100 yards from shore in the Ocean Beach section of this Ocean County township, said police Lt. Ray Roncin.
The helicopter was flown from Lakewood Airport, less than 20 miles from where it crashed at about 6:10 p.m., Roncin said.
Hospital officials said the STAMPONE family of Chester was aboard with a teen-age friend and the pilot, and that the family was vacationing in the area.
Teams of scuba divers searched the water for the pilot, ANGELO CETRANO, 39, of Wayne, and the family friend, FIORE NISOVACCIA, said William Eastmond, director of community relations for the Northern Ocean Hospital division at Point Pleasant.
The two had not been located as darkness fell, and lights were set up along the shoreline as rescue crews stood by, police Lt. Robert Little said. He added that helicopter searches probably would be ordered.
PETER STAMPONE, 45, and his son, RANDY, 14, were pronounced dead on arrival at the Point Pleasant hospital, said Eastmond.
STAMPONE'S 17-year-old son, RICHARD, also was reported in critical condition early today with multiple injuries at the hospital, Eastmond said.
JILL STAMPONE, 20, was taken to Community Memorial Hospital in Toms River and also was reported in critical condition early today, Eastmond said.
Lifeguard Kirk Stanley, Chadwick Beach, said he and two friends were surfing after work and were the last to leave the water, between 5 and 10 minutes before the crash.
Stanley said he heard an explosion and ran to the ocean, where he swam out about 50 yards and helped pull in a male, later identified as RICHARD STAMPONE.
The helicopter sand after the crash, but the mangled fuselage was raised and hauled to land by rescue crews using a winch, Roncin said. Other pieces of wreckage washed to shore and were turned in to authorities by bathers, he added.
The wreckage was loaded on a flat-bed truck and brought to the mainland, where Roncin said it would be stored until Federal Aviation Administration investigators arrive.
The 10-seat helicopter was owned by Janmar Co. of Morristown, Roncin said.
Sgt. Larry Brokate said the French-made Aero Spatiale commercial helicopter is believed to have taken a group of passengers for a ride from the Lakewood Airport and was traveling with the second group when it crashed.
The cause of the crash has not been determined, officials said.

Indiana Gazette Pennsylvania 1983-08-15

Comments

Friends 1983

Its july 2011 and i still think of everyone on board, they were my friends. We all spent summers at bayvilla, playing wiffleball or waterskiing,or playing tag in the pool. Rick, randy, jill all had a fun boat called tuff stuff, Fiore had a boat called clowning around, Those were some good times back in the early 80s at night we would go up to seaside boardwalk, or rainbow rappids waterpark. Someone always had an older brother or sister to take us, there was jimmy, janet,robin,doug,gary gerard timmy trish todd tommy. I never talked about what happened back then but it changed, the whole condo complex forever. I will never forget my friends at bayvilla, or angelo the pilot who took me up to fly around a few times. God Bless. Robbie , my email is marshislandlife@yahoo.com

Summer 1983

This summer will be 28 years since I lost my brother in that crash. His birthday would have been yesterday, and I still look at the ocean and wonder what went wrong. Today was the first time I found this page and it has moved me. As my family still has not found peace and we still speak of it only rarely(which is wrong). The article that I just read spoke of events that I heard about for the first time today. I guess it has helped me, in a strange way, but thank you for whoever posted the article. As I read the response above I could see the faces of all those names mentions and actually events and plays that happened in some of those wiffleball games...It was a huge part of my life, filled with the last true laughs and smiles I didn't have to fake. So as tears flow as I type this, I feel a different way now thanks to this moment (I guess this has be some type of therapy for me.). Blessings to the surviving members of the pilots family, the stampone family(who we have lost touch with) and to my parents for doing everything they could to try and give my a life that resembled something normal while dealing with the pain. And last, God Bless you Fiore, who knows what the world would have brought you..I named my first son Luke Fiore in your honor and say that name out loud daily to make sure I always remember the years we shared......
Thank you,
Gerard

Fiore

I was thinking of Fiore today, we used to go up to the boardwalk , i still remember the day i won a def lepard hat, and Fiore won a yellow "men at work" rock group hat. My uncle Tony took us out for seafood,then on the way home we stopped off for some games at seaside. Almost 30 years later and i still remeber bay villa like it was yesterday. We all loved rick stampones huge lifted tan chevy truck and jimmy zwibles sisters corvette. AHHH those sure were the good old days.

I just found this site and

I just found this site and have read your posts.
The pilot Angelo (Butch) Centrano was to become my Brother in Law on October 2 1983.
He help raise Mary Scullion his wife's younger Sister. Butch was to give Mary away at our wedding that October.

The day of the crash will always be in my memory. It was a horrible event that changed the lives of all that we're invloved.
Butch was a wonderful giving man that cared about so many people.
I remember going to there house and giving the horrible news to his daughter Denise who was a teenager at the time.

I am sorry for the loss we all have felt and for the lives that were cut so short and who's futures we will never know.

God Bless