Danielson, CT. – November 9, 1974

Danielson, Connecticut – November 9, 1974

Danielson Airport

     On the morning of November 9, 1974, a lone pilot from Massachusetts was attempting to take off from Danielson Airport in a Cessna 172, (N46656).  Strong gusty winds were blowing at the time, and as the aircraft was becoming airborne it veered off the runway area, went over an embankment, and slammed into a tree.  The plane was wrecked, and the pilot was transported to Day Kimball Hospital with serious injuries.    


     Providence Sunday Journal, “Student Pilot Hurt In Connecticut Crash”, November 10, 1974, page 3.

     Hartford Courant, “Injured Pilot Still Listed As critical”, November 12, 1974, page 6.

     Hartford Courant, “Crash Victim Off Critical List”, November 14, 1974, page 10.

     Aviation Safety Network

Roxbury, CT. – September 1, 1974

Roxbury, Connecticut – September 1, 1974

     At 1:30 a.m., three young men left Block Island Airport, (Rhode Island), in a four-seat, single-engine, Grumman Air Traveler A-5, (#N7114L), bound for Danbury, Connecticut.  All three men were from Ridgefield, Connecticut, and all were 21-years-old.  When they failed to arrive at Danbury the aircraft was declared missing and a search begun.

     A man in Roxbury, Connecticut, a town located about fifteen miles northeast of Danbury, reported hearing an explosion around 2:30 a.m. The following day searchers found the wreckage of the plane on a wooded ridge.  There were no survivors.  Despite reports of an explosion, investigators found no indication the plane had exploded before hitting the ground.  One investigator was quoted as saying, “Indications are that it flew right into the side of the ridge”. 


     Providence Journal, “Plane With 3 Aboard Missing”, September 2, 1974, page C-1 

     (Providence) Evening Bulletin, “Air Crash Site Found; Three Dead.”, September 3, 1974, page B-4 



Ashford, CT. – April 26, 1974

Ashford, Connecticut – April 26, 1974

     On the morning of April 26, 1974, a 27-year-old male pilot took off from Ellington, Connecticut, in a rented two-seat airplane.  At 8:44 a.m. the aircraft crashed into a small home in the town of Ashford.  The plane nosed almost straight down as it came crashing through the center of the roof and destroying the living room area, and then plowing  through to the basement where the nose struck the cement floor.  There was no fire or explosion. 

     Inside the house was a lone 57-year-old woman who was just coming out of her bedroom when the accident occurred.  The aircraft reportedly missed hitting her by about 12 inches.  Remarkably, the pilot was not seriously injured, and managed to free himself from the cockpit. 

     The cause of the crash was not stated.

     The house was later torn down.


     Providence Journal Bulletin, “Plane Rips Conn. Home; Pilot, Woman Live”, April 27, 1974, page 2 



New Milford, CT. – September 8, 1973

New Milford, Connecticut – September 8, 1973

     On September 8, 1973, an Aeronca amphibious type aircraft, (N3901E), with a man and woman from Washington, Connecticut, aboard, crashed and burned in a wooded area roughly 200 feet from the shore of the Housatonic River in New Milford.  The couple did not survive. 


     Providence Journal, “Couple Killed In West Conn. Plane Crash”, September 9, 1973, page A-20

     Westerly Sun, (R.I.), “Victims of Plane Crash Identified”, September 11, 1973, page 12

     Aviation Safety Network, https://aviation-safety.net,  ASN Wikibase Occurrence 3134

Killingworth, CT – June 25, 1973

Killingworth, Connecticut – June 25, 1973 


     On At 6;20 p.m., on June 25, 1973, three men left East Haddam, Connecticut, in a Piper Cherokee, (N6427), bound for East Windsor, Connecticut.  One man was left at East Windsor, while the other two left to return to East Haddam.  It was now night time and weather conditions had deteriorated with low visibility.   

     Around 10:25 p.m. people living in the area of Hemlock Drive in the town of Killingworth reported hearing a plane in distress, and one man thought he heard a crash.  (Killingworth is southwest of East Haddam) 

     A search was instituted, and the plane was found the following morning in a thickly wooded area off Route 81.  The aircraft had suffered severe damage, and it’s two occupants were found deceased inside.     


     The Middletown Press, (CT), “Two Men Die In Air Crash”, June 26, 1973, page 1.  (Photo of Airplane)


Ridgefield, CT – June 10, 1973

Ridgefield, Connecticut – June 10, 1973

     At approximately 1:30 a.m. on June 10, 1973, a Piper Cherokee 140 aircraft with four people aboard left Danbury Airport bound for MacArthur Field in Islip, New York.  Shortly after takeoff the plane crashed in a thickly wooded area of the Pine Mountain section of Ridgefield.  The plane was heavily damaged, but there was no fire.  (Ridgefield is a town that borders Danbury to the south.) 

     The four occupants of the plane, all from Long Island, New York, survived the crash and spent the night with the aircraft, and at first light began hiking back to the airport. 


     Providence Journal, “Plane Crashes In Connecticut After Takeoff”, June 11, 1973, page 21.

Haddam, CT – June 9, 1973

Haddam, Connecticut – June 9, 1973


     In the early afternoon of June 9, 1973, a Piper Cherokee 150  carrying four people took off from East Haddam Airport. (Also reported in one newspaper to be the Bradway Airport, which had been operating since 1963.)  The weather that day was reportedly hot and humid.   Just after takeoff, the aircraft began crossing the Connecticut River, and after passing over the East Haddam Bridge it began loosing altitude.  The plane made it across the river and to the shoreline of the neighboring town of Haddam where it came down between two trees and its wings were torn off.  The fuselage then struck two cottages and burst into flame. 

     One man began spraying the wreckage with a garden hose while two others rescued occupants of the plane.  One passenger was able to free himself.

     One of the cottages was unoccupied at the time of the crash.  In the other, a birthday celebration was in progress.  One partygoer reportedly suffered leg burns, but everyone else was unharmed. 

     One cottage was reportedly destroyed, the other suffered significant damage. 

     Of the plane’s occupants, the 60-year-old pilot was killed.  Of the three passengers, one was admitted to the hospital with a broken arm, the other two were treated and released.   


     Providence Journal, “Passenger Dies As Plane Hits Cottage Porch”, June 10, 1973

     The Middletown Press, “Probe Pushed In crash Of Airplane In Haddam”, June 11, 1973,  (Two photos)



Ledyard, CT. – April 27, 1973

Ledyard, Connecticut – April 27, 1973


     On April 27, 1972, a New York doctor left Tweed-New Haven Airport in a single-engine Mooney MU-2 airplane bound for Fishers Island, New York.  He was alone at the time. Fishers Island is located in Long Island Sound, off the northern fork of Long Island, N.Y., not far from the Connecticut shore.   

     When the plane reached Fishers Island it was unable to land due to poor weather conditions, and was re-directed to Trumbull Airport in Groton, Connecticut.  The cloud ceiling was at 400 feet, and it was raining as the doctor made his way towards Groton.  Sometime around 7:00 p.m. radio contact with the plane was lost and it disappeared from radar screens.      

     A woman reportedly witnessed the plane crash and explode near her home in Ledyard around 7:00 p.m., but didn’t report it.  The following day she told her son about it and he notified police.  Troopers found the wreckage of the plane about 2:30 p.m. on April 28th, in a wooded area off Gallup Hill Road. 

     The Providence Journal, “Doctor Is Killed In Conn. Crash Of Light Plane”, April 29, 1973, page A-8 

     Westerly Sun, (R.I.), “Doctor Killed In Ledyard Plane Crash”, April 29, 1973, page 17.


Litchfield, CT. – April 3, 1973

Litchfield, Connecticut – April 3, 1973

 Bantam lake

     On the evening of April 3, 1973, a piper Cherokee 180 left Worcester, Massachusetts, bound for Stewart Airport in Orange County, New York.   It is believed there were three people aboard, one being a student pilot.

     Shortly before 10:30 p.m., the control tower at Stewart Airport received a radio call from a pilot stating that his aircraft’s wings were icing up and that he was loosing altitude.  The pilot gave his position as being “over the Litchfield area.”

     At 10:30 p.m. a witness reported seeing an aircraft plunge into Bantam Lake off Point Folly.  The water depth in that area is between 10 to 18 feet. 

     Connecticut State Police divers responded to the scene and recovered two bodies, one a 37-year-old man from Washingtonville, New York, and the other a 30-year-old man from Newburgh, New York.  It was reported that divers were continuing the search for a third man believed to have been aboard, identified only as a “student pilot”. 


     Westerly Sun, (R.I.), “Two Killed In Connecticut Plane Crash”, April 4, 1973   


Norwich, CT. – September 26, 1970

Norwich, Connecticut – September 26, 1970

     At about 7:00 p.m. on the evening of September 26, 1970, a young couple from Montville, Connecticut, were flying in a single-engine aircraft over Norwich when the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on the Shetucket River.  The pilot landed the aircraft so skillfully that there was very little structural damage. 

     The area of the river where the plane came down is reportedly very deep, and 500 to 600 feet wide.  As the aircraft gradually began to sink, the couple climbed on the roof.  By chance, they were rescued by two teenaged boys who lived along the river, and happened to be paddling by on a homemade raft.  


     Providence Journal, “N. Y. Couple Killed – 5 Survive 2 Plane Accidents In Conn.”, September 28, 1970  (This article refers to another accident which occurred in Windham, Connecticut, on the same day.)  

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