Haddam, CT. – November 18, 1921

Haddam, Connecticut – November 18, 1921 

     On November 18, 1921, a small seaplane left New York bound for Springfield, Massachusetts.  There were three people aboard: the pilot, Frank Little, of Haddenfield, New Jersey; his mechanic, James Delaney, of Freeport, New York; and a passenger identified as 60-year-old H. D. Lindsiey, of Springfield, Massachusetts.    

     When the aircraft reached Connecticut the pilot began following the Connecticut River which would lead them north to the city of Springfield.  Not long afterwards the plane encountered heavy fog conditions and crashed in a swampy area at Haddam Neck in the town of Haddam.  

     Mr. Lindsiey was killed in the crash.  Little and Delaney were transported to Middlesex Hospital for treatment. 

     Source: New York Tribune, “One Killed In Air Wreck – Seaplane Crashes Into tree While Fog Bound”, November 19, 1921  

East Granby, CT – March 20, 1969

East Granby, Connecticut – March 20, 1969

     On January 15, 2017, a Connecticut resident contacted New England Aviation History to inquire about the red and white fuselage of a civilian aircraft that they’d found while hiking in the woods of East Granby.  (Name withheld to protect their privacy. )

     Photos of the aircraft showed the registration number to be N8019Z.  Additionally, there is a bird logo with the name “Utililine” underneath it on the side of the fuselage.

    According to the National Transportation & Safety Board (NTSB) website, the aircraft is a Cessna U206 that went down in the woods on March 20, 1969.  The lone pilot aboard survived, but the plane was determined to be “damaged beyond repair”, and was evidently left where it fell.  Over the years scavengers have removed the interior and pieces of the exterior of the aircraft.   

     The registration number of this aircraft has since been re-issued to another plane.

     This information is provided here to assist others who may happen upon the fuselage and wonder about the story behind it.     

     Sources: NTSB website, www.NTSB.gov, NTSB ID # NYC69FO385

                     Aviation Safety Network, https:://aviation-safety.net

 

Farmington, CT – October 19, 1962

Farmington, Connecticut – October 19, 1962

 

     On the night of October 19, 1962, Allegheny Airlines Flight 928 was making its way from Philadelphia to Hartford, Connecticut, with 48 passengers and a crew of 4 aboard. (Pilot, co-pilot- and two flight attendants) The aircraft was a twin-engine Convair CV-340-440, (Registration N8415H).

     About midway through the trip, flight attendant Francoise de Moriere noticed a steady whistle coming from the rubber seal around a service door at the rear of the plane. It was the kind of whistle one hears when an automobile’s window is slightly open while the vehicle is traveling down the highway at 60 mph.

     The noise was due to air escaping from the pressurized cabin. Just how long this had been taking place is uncertain, for the door had been tightly sealed when the plane left Philadelphia almost an hour earlier. Simply opening and re-closing it wasn’t an option.   

     Miss de Moriere alerted the pilot of the situation who then instructed the co-pilot to investigate and see what could be done. After examining the door, it was decided the problem could be “fixed” by stuffing pillow cases around the door seals to stop the noise.  

     A man seated in the rear of the plane had observed their actions, and chatted briefly with Miss de Moriere after the co-pilot returned to the cockpit. She then excused herself and went to the rear of the cabin to use the public address system to notify passengers to begin stowing any loose items in preparation for landing. Just as she’d finished, the service door suddenly blew open and Miss de Moriere was sucked out of the airplane.

     The other flight attendant aboard happened to be using the restroom at the rear of the cabin when the decompression occurred. The lavatory door blew open, and she might have suffered the same fate had it not been for the quick actions of two passengers.

     Miss de Moriere’s body was later recovered in a pasture near New Britain Avenue and Red Oak Hill Road in Farmington, Connecticut, a small town just southwest of Hartford.

   Miss de Moriere was born in Paris, France, and at the time of her death made her home in Alexandria, Virginia. She’d been with the airline for 26 months.

     Once on the ground the aircraft was impounded by the state police and held for investigation. None of the passengers suffered any significant injury. 

     Sources:

Hartford Courant, “Stewardess Falls From Airliner Over Farmington”, October 20, 1962

Providence Journal, “Stewardess Is Killed In Fall From Airliner – Door Is Blown Out Of Plane”, October 20, 1962, Page 1  

Providence Journal, “Stewardess’ Death Probed”, October 21, 1962, page N50

Hartford Courant, ”CAB May Recommend Rules On Plane Doors”, October 25, 1962

Providence Journal, “Faulty Door Caused Crash”, April 27, 1963, Page 15

Hartford Courant, “Insecure Door Blamed For Stewardess’ Death”, July 19, 1963

Providence Journal, “Airline Pilot Blamed In Death Of Hostess”, July 19, 1963, page 31

Website – www.planecrashinfo.com

Town of Farmington, Connecticut, death records

 

Long Island Sound – June 22, 1971

Long Island Sound – June 22, 1971

Between Fisher’s Island, N.Y., and New London, Ct.

     At approximately 6:30 A.M. on the morning of June 22, 1971, a red and white Cessna 172E, (#N 3831S), with four men aboard, took off from Windham Airport in Windham Connecticut bound for Fisher’s Island, New York.   

     The men were identified as:

     Dr. Harry Fox, 58, of Back Rd., Windham, Ct.

     Peter A. Tambornini, Sr., (Age unk.) of Main St. Willamantic, Ct.

     Charles V. Miale, 46, of Atwoodville Rd., Mansfield Center, Ct.

     Walter A. Card, 51, of Lover’s Lane Rd., Windham, Ct.     

     The purpose of the trip was reportedly to participate in a golf tournament.  The plane arrived safely at Fisher’s Island, but when it came time to return to Connecticut later in the day heavy fog had settled in over the area.  The return trip was expected to take 30 minutes and would require a flight path over Long Island Sound.  Shortly after take off, what was described as an explosion over the Sound was heard, but due to the fog nothing was sighted.  The Coast Guard initiated a search and rescue operation but nothing was found, and according to the NTSB report-brief, no wreckage was ever recovered.       

     Sources:

     National Transportation Safety Board report #NTSB  NYC71AN126

     Hartford Courant, (Conn.) “Four Feared dead In Crash Of Light Plane In Sound”, June 24, 1971

Willimantic, CT – September 15, 1910

Willimantic, Connecticut – September 15, 1910

 

   balloon  On September 15, 1910, an unidentified male aeronaut ascended in a balloon from the Willimantic Fair that was being sponsored by the Horseshoe Park Agricultural Association.  A gusty wind was blowing at the time, and once aloft the balloon caught fire.  As flames spread rapidly, the aeronaut was forced to jump, grabbing with him three parachutes, one of which was also on fire.  The second parachute didn’t open properly, and there evidently wasn’t time to deploy the third.  The man plunged into the Willimantic River wrenching his back, but otherwise suffered only minor injuries and was able to swim to shore and walk back to the fair.    

     Source: Norwich Bulletin, “Willimantic Fair” – “Aeronaut Falls Into River”, September 16, 1910

Near Glastonbury, CT – November 5, 1954

Near Glastonbury, Connecticut – November 5, 1954

 

     At approximately 6:45 p.m., a twin-engine Lockheed Lodestar, (N9201H), departed New York’s La Guardia Airport bound for Boston’s Logan Airport.  There were five people aboard, a pilot, co-pilot, and three passengers. 

     When the aircraft was about 12 miles southeast of Hartford, Connecticut, the right engine began to back fire and skip.  Unable to correct the problem, the pilot feathered the propeller and was granted permission for an emergency landing at Bradley Field in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

     The aircraft made a wide turn over the area of Willamantic, Connecticut, and was making its way towards Bradly Field it crashed in a wooded area and broke apart.  Some portions of the fuselage caught fire after the crash.

     The Civil Aeronautics Board Accident Investigation Report locates the crash site as “approximately 9 miles south-southeast of Glastonbury, Connecticut, and approximately 25 miles south-southeast of Bradley Field”.

     At least one newspaper article places the crash site in an alfalfa field in Glastonbury.

     The pilot, co-pilot, and one passenger were thrown clear of the wreckage.  The other two passengers were trapped inside, and had to break the window of the jammed emergency exit door to escape.   

     The co-pilot, Whitney H. Welch, 24, received fatal injuries.   

     The aircraft belonged to the owner of the Boston Post newspaper.

    Sources:

    Civil Aeronautics Board Accident Investigation Report, file #2-0046, adopted May 3, 1955, released May 6, 1955.

     Lewiston Evening Journal, “Boston Post’s Plane Crashes, Burns”, November 6, 1954 

Ansonia Airport, CT – November 14, 1954

Ansonia Airport, Ansonia Connecticut

November 14, 1954

 

     On November 14, 1954, a single-engine Stinson aircraft with three people aboard was attempting to land at Ansonia Airport when the landing gear caught on a wire at the edge of the field causing the plane to crash.    Fortunately, all aboard suffered only minor injuries. 

     Those aboard the aircraft were members of the Connecticut Civil Air Patrol, and were arriving at Ansonia for an air show.  They were identified as Capt. Raoul J. Benoit, a doctor, Eleanor E. Cottrell, a nurse, and Lt. William E. Buckolz. 

     Source:

     The Day, “The Day In Connecticut”, November 15, 1954, page 22.    

     Other Ansonia Airport Accidents

     On May 24, 1958, a single-engine aircraft crashed just after takeoff from Ansonia Airport and struck a house located about 100 yards  from the airport.  At time of the accident, the home was  occupied by a man and his wife.  Fortunately, the couple wasn’t injured, and the 51-year-old pilot from New Haven, Connecticut, suffered only minor injuries. 

     The pilot told authorities that his aircraft was caught in a sudden downdraft.

     Source: (Bridgeport, CT.) Sunday Herald, “Pilot Survives Crash Into Roof, Call It A Miracle”, May 25, 1958  

     On September 27, 1963, an aircraft containing three men in their early 20s crashed on takeoff from Ansonia Airport.  The pilot was admitted to a local hospital with head injuries.  The two passengers also suffered unspecified injures.

     The aircraft belonged to the airport, and had been rented to the men a short time before the accident.  

     Source: (Meriden, CT) The Morning Record, “3 Hurt As Plane Crashes At Ansonia”, September 28, 1963

     In October of 1970, a large fire swept through the hangar at Ansonia Airport. 

     Source: (New London, CT), The Day, “Hangar Burns At Ansonia Airport”, October 17, 1970, page 7.   

East Hartford, CT – August 15, 1939

Hartford, Connecticut – August 15, 1939

 

     On August 15, 1939, a Lockheed Electra owned by a prominent New York advertising executive was flown from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, to Rentschler Field, in East Hartford, Connecticut to have the engines inspected.  After the inspection, the aircraft took off at 4:15 p.m. to go back to New York. 

     There were five people aboard, a crew of two, and three passengers.  

     The pilot, Wynn Bradford of Flushing, N.Y.

     The co-pilot, Eli Abramson, of Hempstead, N.Y.

     Michael Madrazo, of Corona, N. Y.

     Joseph Kransky, of Jamaica, N.Y.

     George Daulfkirsch of East Elmhurst, N.Y.

     Just after the plane cleared the border fence at the end of the runway, the left wing dipped, hit the ground, and spun the plane which crashed.  All five aboard were thrown clear of the wreckage.  Michael Madrazo, and Joseph Kransky were killed.  The pilot and co-pilot were transported in critical condition to a nearby hospital.  George Daulfkirsch was also hospitalized, but with lesser injuries.   The fuselage was destroyed by fire.

     Source:

     Lewiston Daily Sun, “Two Killed, Three Hurt In Hartford Plane Crash”, August 16, 1939 

             

Bridgeport, CT – June, 1904

Bridgeport, Connecticut – June, 1904

 

    balloon The source for this story was dated July 11, 1904, but the date of the incident was reported as “a few weeks ago”, which assumedly means it occurred sometime during the month of June. 

     A woman identified as Miss Carrie Meyers was scheduled to give a balloon exhibition at a charity event being held in Bridgeport.  All seemed to be going well as she made her ascent, until she reached an altitude of between 400 and 500 feet, and the balloon suddenly caught fire.  As the flames rose, Miss Meyers attempted to leave the balloon using a parachute, but was unable to effect its release from the gondola.  In short order the flames ate through the balloon causing it to plunge to the ground where it dropped into a large tree which miraculously broke the fall.  When spectators rushed over they discovered that Miss Meyers had suffered only minor injuries.     

     Source:

     The Salt Lake Tribune, “Fell Hundreds Of Feet”, (Girl In A Burning Balloon With Useless Parachute), July 11, 1904      

Norwich, CT – September 3, 1913

Norwich, Connecticut – September 3, 1913

Maplewood Cemetery

     The 1913 New London County Fair was held in Norwich, Connecticut, on September 1st, 2nd, & 3rd.  On the last day of the fair, a young aviator identified as Knox Martin was giving demonstration flights of his Curtis bi-plane.  During the course of the day he made four successful flights, taking off from the fair grounds, circling the city, and landing back at the fair.  At 3:00 p.m. he took off on his fifth flight and headed in a southerly direction, but before long his motor started skipping so he turned back towards the fair grounds.  As he was making his approach at an altitude of 700 feet the motor quit and Martin began looking for a clear area to land.  Seeing the Maplewood Cemetery below, he made for it, but as he neared the ground he saw that he was going to collide with a large tree, so he made a sharp turn to avoid it.  While doing so he was pitched from the plane and fell to the ground.  Meanwhile the airplane continued on and wrecked in the cemetery. 

     Surprisingly, Martin only received bumps and burses.  By 3:45 p.m. he was back at the fair grounds waving to cheering crowds.  

     Source:

     The Day, “Airship Smashed At Norwich Fair”, September 4, 1913.     

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