Burlington, Vermont – September 20, 1948
On September 20, 1948, Colonial Airlines, Flight 3, left Montreal, Canada, bound for New York City by way of Burlington, Vermont. The aircraft was a DC-3, tail number NC17335, with a crew of three, and fourteen passengers aboard.
Weather at Burlington Airport was rainy with 1 mile visibility and an 800 foot cloud ceiling. Flight 3 arrived at Burlington shortly before midnight and attempted to land on Runway 1. After the plane touched down on the slick tarmac it skidded into a pile of dirt and some trees at the end of the runway.
Although the airliner suffered extensive damage there was no fire and everyone was evacuated safely. There were only two reported injuries: a Miami, Florida, woman suffered a possible broken rib, and the stewardess a slight concussion. Both were treated at a nearby hospital. The uninjured passengers were transferred to another plane.
Colonial Airlines merged with Eastern Airlines in 1956.
Lewiston Daily Sun, “Colonial Plane Crash Lands At Burlington”, September 21, 1948, page 1.
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Wikipedia – Colonial Airlines