Gloucester, MA. – August, 1915

Gloucester, Massachusetts – August, 1915

     The following newspaper article appeared in the Norwich Bulletin, (Norwich, CT.), on August 26, 1915.


     Harold Cates, the aeronaut who figured in the fatal balloon accident at Woodstock fair, and who a few days ago figured in a similar accident at Gloucester, seems to be unfortunate, to say the least.  The following relative to the recent accident appeared in a Boston paper: The parents of John McNeil, the boy who was entangled in a rope attached to a balloon, carried 30 feet into the air and dropped into a tree during the Gloucester day events last Tuesday, entered suit today against the committee in charge of the celebration, asking for $10,000.   The boy was at first believed to be fatally injured, but physicians now say that he will recover and be none the worse for the accident.

     The parents are Mr. and Mrs. John McNeil of 6 Acacia Street.  William A. Pew appeared in court as their attorney.  He attributed the accident to carelessness on the part of agents of the Gloucester day committee and demanded compensation for the boy’s injuries and the anxiety and suffering of his parents.


     The fatal accident at the Woodstock Fair, (Woodstock, Connecticut), mentioned in the article refers to an incident that occurred on September 16, 1913, in which 13-year-old George Bernier was carried aloft after becoming entangled in a rope attached to the balloon.     

Millis, MA. – November 20, 1974

Millis, Massachusetts – November 20, 1974

     On the morning of November 20, 1974, a Cessna 150 crashed in a wooded area about 1/4 mile north of Norfolk Airport near the Millis/Norfolk town line. The plane was destroyed and was found hanging in a tree, but the pilot and his passenger escaped serious injury.


     Providence Evening Bulletin, “Plane Crashes; R.I. Pilot Survives”, November 21, 1974, page C-11.  

Boston, MA. – November 5, 1974

Boston, MA. – November 5, 1974

Logan Airport

     On November 5, 1974, Allegheny Airlines Flight 884 was en-route from Chicago to Boston with a crew of four, and 33 passengers aboard. The aircraft was a Douglas DC-9. 

     The flight had made stops in Pennsylvania before proceeding to Boston.  While 11 miles out over the ocean – not far from Boston – an electrical fire developed in the cockpit and an emergency was declared. 

     The plane blew a tire on landing, and taxied to a stop at the intersection of runways 4R and 15.  Passengers then exited the airplane through doors and emergency exits.  Firemen boarded the aircraft and extinguished the small smoldering fire. There were no reported injuries.      

     Source:  (Providence) Evening Bulletin, “37 escape DC-9 Fire At Logan”, November 6, 1974, page C-1


New Bedford, MA. – September 9, 1974

New Bedford, Massachusetts – September 9, 1974

     At 6: 50 p.m. on the evening of September 9, 1974, a lone pilot took off from New Bedford Municipal Airport in a single-engine Piper Cherokee, (#N4088W).  Just after take-off the aircraft lost power and crashed in a field off Church Street about a mile north of the airport.   The pilot was transported to Union Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The cause of the crash was blamed on engine failure.  


     (Providence) Evening Bulletin, “Pilot Killed In Crash”, September 10, 1974, page B-5.

     Westerly Sun, “Pilot Killed In Plane Accident”, September 10, 1974, page 12.

Atlantic Ocean – July 17, 1974

Atlantic Ocean – July 17, 1974

     On July 17, 1974, a Bellanca airplane with two men aboard was flying from Hyannis, Massachusetts, to Martha’s Vineyard, when it went into the ocean about five miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.  Both men were wearing life vests, and were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter, and each suffered only minor injuries.  The aircraft sank in deep water. The cause of the crash was not stated.


     (Providence) Evening Bulletin, “Mass. Plane Crash Being Investigated”, July 18, 1974, page 20.     

Norwood, MA. – July 4, 1974

Norwood, Massachusetts – July 4, 1974

     On July 4, 1974, a husband and wife, along with their four young children, took off from Norwood Airport bound for Martha’s Vineyard in a Republic Seabee aircraft.  Just after becoming airborne the oil line burst causing the engine to stop.  The plane came down in a wooded-swampy area about 300 yards off the end of the runway.  Remarkably, there were no serious injuries, and the plane didn’t catch fire.  The family was transported to Norwood Hospital for first-aid treatment.  Afterwards, the family returned to the airport and left for Martha’s Vineyard in another plane. 


     Boston Herald American, “Walpole Pilot, Family Prove Plane Stubborn”, July 5, 1974, page 4.   

Off Falmouth, MA. – June 9, 1974

Off Falmouth, Massachusetts – June 9, 1974 

     On June 9, 1974, a Stinson 108 Voyager aircraft, (N97154), crash landed in deep water off Monument Beach in the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, Cape Cod. The man and woman aboard escaped with minor injuries, and were rescued.  The aircraft was towed to shore by the Coast Guard.    


     Providence Journal, June 10, 1974, page A-22, photo with caption.

     (Providence) Evening Bulletin, June 10, 1974, page A-6, photo and caption.

Tewksbury, MA. – May 20, 1974

Tewksbury, Massachusetts – May 20, 1974

     On the afternoon of May 20, 1974, a Piper Arrow with a lone pilot aboard took off from Runway 3 at Tew-Mac Airport.  One eyewitness stated that just after becoming airborne the aircraft banked to a 45 degree angle which he explained was routine for that airport.   While this was happening, another aircraft, a Grumman American AA-5 with two men aboard, was approaching the airport.  The two planes collided in mid-air and broke apart, scattering debris over a wide area.  The collision occurred over a wooded area about 2-3 miles north of the airport.  There were no survivors.


     Boston Herald American, “Tewksbury Air Collision Kills 3”, May 21, 1974, page 1.

     Providence Journal, “Two Planes Collide; 3 Killed”, May 21, 1974, page A-10 (Photo)

     (Providence) Evening Bulletin, “Mass. Crash Kills 3 Men”, May 21, 1974, page B-1, (Photo)



Logan Airport – April 20, 1974

Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts

     At about 8 p.m. on the evening of April 19, 1974, a Trans World Airlines L-10-11 wide-bodied jet airliner arrived at Boston’s Logan Airport and parked at Gate 17 of the north terminal.  Everyone left the airplane without incident.  Shortly after midnight, the rear portion of plane was discovered to be on fire.  Nobody was aboard at the time.    

     Logan Airport and Boston fire crews arrived at the scene, but the flames spread quickly and the entire fuselage was gutted, with the fire inside burning so hot it melted holes through the metal along the top.  Although there was fuel in the fuel tanks, the tanks were unaffected, and there were no explosions.  One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

     The plane was valued at about 22 million dollars.  The fire was believed to have started in an auxiliary power unit at the rear of the plane, but the cause was not immediately known.

     The plane was towed to a remote section of the airport where authorities could continue their investigation.


     Providence Journal, “TWA Jet Burns At Logan”, April 21, 1974, page A-21, (with photo of burning plane) 

Easthampton, MA. – January 27, 1974

Easthampton, Massachusetts – January 27, 1974

     On January 27, 1974, a small airplane with a father and son aboard left Turners Falls, Massachusetts bound for Westfield, Massachusetts.  While passing over the town of Easthampton, a piece of the rudder fell off, and the plane went down in a wooded area.  Both occupants were treated at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

     The aircraft was a Mooney M-20. 


     Providence Journal Bulletin, “Father, Son Hurt When Plane Crashes”, January 28, 1974, page B-1.

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