Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. – July 28, 1973

Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire – July 28, 1973

     On the afternoon of July 28, 1973, three teenagers, ranging in age from 15 to 18, took off from Laconia Airport in a Piper Cherokee and crashed just afterwards in Lake Winnipesaukee.  The aircraft went down about a mile from the airport, off shore of the town of Gilford, N.H.  None of the teenagers survived.    



     Providence Evening Bulletin, “Pilot, 16, Flew —— Plane; Crash Kills 3”, July 30, 1973 

Gilford, N.H. – October 13, 1974

Gilford, New Hampshire – October 13, 1974

     On October 13, 1974, a small plane with a family of four aboard was attempting to make an emergency landing at Guilford, New Hampshire when the plane struck a utility pole and a tree before coming to rest.  All four occupants suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at a nearby hospital. 

     Source: (Providence) Evening Bulletin, October 15, 1974, page B-8 

Temple Mountain, N.H. – October 26, 1973

Temple Mountain, New Hampshire – October 26, 1973

     On October 26, 1973, a 31-year-old pilot from Wilton, New Hampshire, took off alone from Norwood, Massachusetts, in an American Aviation AA-1, (N5700L), bound for Nashua, New Hampshire.   The weather over New Hampshire was foggy and rainy. When the aircraft failed to arrive at Nashua a search was instituted.  The aircraft and the pilot’s body were found two days later on the slope of 2,044 foot high Temple Mountain, which is located in the towns of Sharon and Temple, New Hampshire.


     Providence Journal, “Pilot Is killed In N. H. Crash”, October 28, 1973, page C-24

     National Transportation Safety Board brief# NYC74AN036


Francestown, N.H. – May 18, 1973

Francestown, New Hampshire – May 18, 1973

     On the morning of May 18, 1973, a Cessna 205, with only a pilot aboard, left Bridgeport, Connecticut, bound for Concord, New Hampshire.  At 8:30 a.m., the aircraft suddenly disappeared from radar and a search was instituted.  The wrecked aircraft was spotted from the air by a New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol aircraft in a wooded area of the town of Francestown, N.H.  The pilot was found dead at the scene. 


     Providence Journal, “Plane Vanishes On Flight To Concord, N.H.”, May 19, 1973.

     Providence Journal Bulletin, “Plane Wreckage Is Spotted In N. H. Woods”, May 19, 1973. 


Nashua Airport, N.H. – January 14, 1973

Nashua Airport,

Nashua, New Hampshire – January 14, 1973

     At about 10:00 a.m. on January 14, 1973, two single-engine private aircraft collided when they attempted to land simultaneously at Nashua Airport.   The first plane, a Piper Cherokee, (N595FL), piloted by a man from Lowell, Massachusetts, landed first.  Seconds later the second airplane, a Cessna 150, (N4239U), piloted by a man from Nashua, came down atop of the first, its propeller and landing gear intruding into the first aircraft.  The impact forced the nose of the first plane downward scraping it along the runway.  The pilot of the first aircraft was not seriously injured.


     Providence Journal, “Plane Crashes Atop Another; One Pilot Hurt.”, January 15, 1973, p1 (With photo of accident.)

     Providence Evening Bulletin, “One Plane Lands Atop Another In Nashua”, January 15, 1973, p1  (With photo of accident.)

Saddleback Mountain, NH – May 28, 1973

Saddleback Mountain, New Hampshire – May 28, 1973 

     At 11:30 a.m., on Monday, May 28, 1971, a single-engine, yellow and white, Piper Cherokee, took off from a grassy field at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vermont, bound for Rutland, Vermont, and disappeared en-route. 

     The pilot was George Delmar, 25, a racing car driver from Walpole, Massachusetts, who had arrived at the track to participate in the races held over the weekend.  

     It was reported that Mr. Delmar had experienced a slight accident with the aircraft upon his first attempt to take off, causing minor damage to the propeller and one of the wings.  Despite this, he took a second time and set a course for Rutland. 

     The weather at the time was described as “extremely poor”.  At some point Mr. Delmar radioed the tower at Rutland Airport and advised he’d decided not to land there, and was going “home” to Massachusetts instead.  No further communications were reported in the press.

     On Tuesday morning Rutland officials were notified that Delmar and his aircraft were missing and a search was instituted.  Initially one aircraft was sent to search the estimated flight route, but was forced to abort due to heavy winds and driving rain.

     Later in the day the Civil Air Patrol joined the search while state police cruisers were directed to check rural mountain roads for the downed aircraft. 

     The Civil Air Patrol flew 113 sorties over a five day period utilizing 25 aircraft and one helicopter, but no sign of the missing plane was found, and the search was suspended.

     The missing aircraft was discovered on Saddleback Mountain in  New Hampshire the following October by hikers from the University of New Hampshire.  Mr. Delmar’s remains were recovered.       


     The Burlington Free Press, “Search Begun For Aircraft Overdue At Rutland Airport”, May 30, 1973

     The Burlington Free Press, “State Officials Halt Search For Missing Plane”, June 4, 1973

     The Burlington Free Press, Dead Man Found In Wrecked Plane”, October 24, 1973

     Rutland Herald, “Missing Plane Found In New Hampshire”, October 24, 1973



Lebanon Airport, N.H. – May 31, 1955

Lebanon Airport, New Hampshire – May 31, 1955


     On May 31, 1955, Northeast Airlines Flight 568 was attempting to land on runway 18 at Lebanon Airport when the aircraft overshot the runway and went into a ditch located 57 feet from the end of the runway.  It was raining at the time of the accident.  Although the aircraft received substantial damage, the passengers and crew were uninjured.

     The aircraft was a DC-3, with registration number N19942.

     Source: Civil Aeronautics Board Accident Investigation Report, file number 1-0074, adopted August 26, 1955, released August 31, 1955. 

Mt. Success, N.H. – November 30, 1954

Mt. Success, New Hampshire – November 30, 1954


DC-3 Airliner

DC-3 Airliner

     On November 30, 1954, Northeast Airlines Flight 792 departed from Boston’s Logan Airport bound for Berlin, New Hampshire with stops at Concord and Laconia, New Hampshire.  The aircraft was a DC-3, (registration N17891), with a crew of four, and three passengers aboard. 

    Just after 11:00 a.m. the flight contacted the air traffic controller at Berlin Airport and requested weather information.  The crew was advised that the weather was 3,000 feet overcast, with 2.5 mile visibility, and light snow showers.  This was the last contact with the aircraft. 

     At 11:28 a.m. the air traffic controller in Berlin tried to contact Flight 792 with updated weather conditions and received no reply.   A search and rescue operation was initiated, but deteriorating weather conditions hampered efforts. 

     On December 2, the wreckage of Flight 792 was spotted from the air by the crew of a Northeast Airlines DC-3.  Flight 792 had crashed into the southern slope of Mt. Success, 13 miles southeast of Berlin Airport, at an elevation of 3,440 feet.  

     An Air Force helicopter was dispatched to the site from Grenier Air Force Base in Manchester, New Hampshire, and lowered a doctor to assist survivors.  Two members of the crew had been killed, and the captain was seriously injured, but the stewardess and the three passengers were relatively unhurt.  All were flown one at a time to Berlin Airport.

     All aboard had been wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash which no doubt aided survival.      

     The pilot, although seriously injured, supervised survival measures.  It was snowing, and the temperature was below freezing.  Survivors wrapped themselves with anything available including cabin insulation, curtains, and soundproofing material to stay warm.   


     Civil Aeronautics Board Accident Investigation Report, file # 1-0226, adopted July 29, 1955, released August 3, 1955 

Mt. Randolph, N.H. – December 27, 1998

Mt. Randolph, New Hampshire – December 27, 1998


    At 7:35 p.m., on December 27, 1998, a rented Piper Arrow with two New Jersey men aboard took off from Berlin Airport in Milan, New Hampshire, and headed south.  The aircraft climbed to 5,600 feet and shortly afterwards disappeared from radar.  The following morning a search and rescue mission was organized by the New Hampshire State Police, Civil Air Patrol, National Guard, and the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department.

     The plane had an emergency transponder, but due to the signal bouncing off nearby mountains it was initially difficult to pinpoint the source.  The wreckage was located on Mt. Randolph by a National Guard helicopter at about 10:30 a.m. on the 28th.  A medical technician lowered to the site found both men deceased.   

     Source: Nashua Telegraph, “Two N.J. Men Die As Plane Crashes On Mountainside”, December 29, 1998

Smart’s Mountain, N.H. – September 20, 1971

Smart’s Mountain, New Hampshire – September 20, 1971 

     This accident involved both military and civilian aircraft. 

     On Monday evening, September 20, 1971, a twin-engine Piper Apache took off from Portland, Maine, bound for Lebanon, New Hampshire.  The plane arrived near Lebanon shortly after 8:00 p.m., where thick fog shrouded the area.  As the aircraft was making its approach to Lebanon Airport, it crashed into the side of Smart’s Mountain.  The mountain is about 3,240 feet high, and the aircraft impacted about 1,500 feet from the summit.    

     There were three people aboard, Jeanne Bennett, 47, of Post Mills, Vermont, and Hans Klunder, 42, and Robert E. Stewart, 27.  Mrs. Benet was killed, and Klunder and Stewart were seriously injured.  The men managed to build a fire, the smoke of which attracted rescuers to their location. 

     It was reported that all three aboard the aircraft were pilots, and it was unclear as to who was flying the plane at the time of the crash.  

     A New Hampshire National Guard helicopter arrived at the scene and two guardsmen prepared to repel down a rope to assist the survivors.  The first guardsman landed safely, but the second, Specialist 6 Frederick Bartlett, 33, of Manchester, N.H., fell and was killed.    

     The survivors were brought down the mountain in a motorized vehicle and transferred to Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, N.H.


     Nashua Telegraph, “Rescuer Killed In Fall At Airplane Crash Site.” September 22, 1971.

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