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. 

     Sources:

     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.     

     Source:

     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. 

     Source:

     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.   

     Sources:

     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”. 

     Source:

     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.  

     Source:

     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.)  

Windham, CT. – September 26, 1970

Windham, Connecticut – September 26, 1970

 

     At 7:15 p.m. on September 26, 1970, a Piper Cherokee aircraft containing five family members left Windham Airport.  About fifteen minutes later the plane crashed into a wooded area off Route 203 not far from the airport.  When state police arrived at the scene they found the 49-year-old pilot deceased, and his wife in critical condition.  She later died of her injuries at Windham Memorial Hospital in Willimantic.  Their 21-year-old daughter and her two children were also treated at the hospital.

     Investigators learned that the couple had rented the airplane at Orange County Airport in Montgomery, New York, earlier in the day, and had flown to Windham to meet their daughter and grandchildren.

     Source:

    Providence Journal, “N.Y. Couple Killed – 5 Survive 2 Plane Accidents In Conn.”, September 28, 1970    

Brainard Field, CT. – January 31, 1970

Brainard Field, Hartford, Connecticut – January 31, 1970

     On January 31, 1970, two single-engine private aircraft collided in mid-air over Brainard Air Field in Hartford.  Each plane, one a Piper Cherokee, the other a Piper Arrow, carried two people; all four were killed in the accident.  

     The Cherokee, containing a pilot-instructor and his student, fell into the Connecticut River, while the Arrow, containing two men from Ridgefield, Ct., crashed into a wooded section of the neighboring town of East Hartford.  It was not stated who was piloting either aircraft.

     According to witness reports, one aircraft was approaching from the south while the other from the west, each at an altitude of about 2,000 feet.  Then both went into a banking turn at the same time and collided at a 45 degree angle directly over the field.  It was not specified which plane struck the other.    

     Source:

     Providence Journal, “Four Die In Collision Of Two Light Planes”, February 1, 1970. (With photo)

Winsted, CT. – April 17, 1908

Winsted, Connecticut – April 17, 1908

     In early April of 1908, aeronaut Paul Roy of Hartford, Connecticut, and Merritt B. Heady of Winsted, purchased a balloon with the hopes of securing bookings at regional fairs over the upcoming summer doing balloon ascensions and parachute drops. 

     On April 17, 1908, the men were inflating the balloon for its inaugural flight about two miles from Winsted Center when it suddenly caught fire.  The flames were quickly extinguished but repairs would be necessary before they could attempt another flight.  Paul Roy, who was strapped to his parachute while waiting to take off was not injured.  Nor was Mr. Heady.

     Sources:

     Hartford Courant, “Paul Roy To Buy Hot Air Balloon”, April 11, 1908

     Hartford Courant, “Young Roy’s New Balloon – Caught Fire Before Initial Ascension Could Be Made”, April 18, 1908

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