Remembering Thomas Gibson: NTSB releases new details on deadly South Jersey plane crash

MIDDLE TWP., N.J. (WPVI) — Family and friends will soon gather to pay tribute to the pilot who died in a plane crash in South Jersey over the weekend.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 23-year-old Thomas Gibson on Thursday.

Gibson took off from Paramount Air Airport at approximately 9:36 a.m. on July 16, according to the NTSB.

Gibson, piloting a Piper PA-12, traveled in a 180-degree turn to pick up a banner after takeoff, which the NTSB says is standard practice.

But federal investigators say Gibson missed the banner shot and eventually crashed the plane.

The NTSB says a full report on the crash could take 12 to 24 months.

According to his obituary, Gibson was born in Washington Township and has lived in several South Jersey communities, including Ocean City.

He graduated from Shawnee High School in 2017 and Marywood University in 2021.

“Thommy was very athletic and loved many sports and activities such as soccer, lacrosse, basketball, paintball and golf. Aviation was his passion. His friends were his world and Lauren Fritzsch was the love of his life.”

A celebration of his life will take place on Thursday, July 21 at the Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, New Jersey.

The visitation is from 5:00 p.m. to the time of his service at 6:00 p.m

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