Concord, NH- August 28, 1901

Concord, New Hampshire – August 28, 1901

     On August 28, 1901, an aeronaut named Stevens, was giving a balloon exhibition at the Concord State Fair.  According to a newspaper article, Stevens was shot from a cannon while descending in his balloon, the logistics of which are not explained.  The balloon and cannon fell upon some electrical wires running from the city’s power plant causing a blackout. 

     A lineman named Harry Quint attempted to make repairs and was subsequently electrocuted. 

     Although the following had nothing to do with the balloon accident, it was also mentioned that a 12-year-old boy named William Sheehan was killed by a train as he walked along the tracks near where the fair was taking place.

Source” New York Times, “Trouble Follows Mrs. Eddy”, August 29, 1901    

Near Claremont, NH – December 14, 1946

Near Claremont, New Hampshire – December 14, 1946

     On the evening of December 14, 1946, a chartered Dartmouth Airways flight was en-route from New York to Lebanon, New Hampshire, when it encountered snow squalls and turned towards Claremont when it crashed into the side of Twistback Hill. 

     The injured included four passengers and the pilot.

     Joseph F. Shields – Pilot

     Clara Livingston, of Jamestown, N.Y.

     Margaret McLaughlin, of Bridgeport, CT.  

     James and Douglas Ketchel of St. Johnsbury, VT.

     Source: New York Times, “5 Hurt In Plane Crash”, December 15, 1946

    

 

Harrisville, NH – September 7, 1939

Harrisville, New Hampshire – September 7, 1939

     On September 7, 1939, a Stimson airplane crashed in the woods of Harrisville, New Hampshire, killing the pilot George A. Thorne Jr., 37, of Chicago.  The subsequent fire burned several acres of woodland.  Investigators were unable to determine the cause of the crash.

     Thorne had been a member of the Admiral Byrd Expedition to the Antarctic in 1929, where he served as a surveyor and dog-team driver.  He had hoped to accompany Byrd on another expedition in the not too distant future.     

Source: New York Times, “G.A. Thorne Jr. Dies In Airplane Crash”, September 8, 1939

Kearsarge Mountain, N.H. – Aug. 19, 1960

Kearsarge Mountain, N.H. – Aug. 19, 1960

On August 19, 1960, a single engine plane with three men aboard left Montpelier, Vermont bound for Manchester, New Hampshire, and disappeared.  Thunderstorms had been raging along the flight route, and it was assumed the plane had crashed, however dense foliage made it difficult to find the wreck. 

On November 6th the wreckage of the missing plane was discovered on the east slope of Kearsarge Mountain, about 20 miles north of Concord.  The bodies of two men, Charles MacFarland, and William E. Martin, were found at and near the scene.   A Medical Examiner determined that Martin had initially survived the crash, and managed to make it several hundred yards from the wreckage before he died.   The body of the third man, Oliver Newcomb was missing. 

Searchers found Newcomb’s body the following day about a mile from the crash site.  He had left a farewell not to his family on the back of a card in his wallet.     

Sources:

New York Times, “Plane With 2 Dead Found On Mountain”, November 7, 1960

Lewiston Evening Journal, “Renew Search For Body Of Plane Victim”, November 7, 1960

Lewiston Evening Journal, “Recover Third Body In Kearsarge Plane crash”, November 8, 1960 

 

 

Hendersonville, N.H. – July 18, 1926

Hendersonville, N.H. – July 18, 1926

A plane carrying three men crashed near Hendersonville, New Hampshire, killing two of them, and seriously injuring the third.  The dead were Robah Blanc, and Mack Colt, of Hendersonville. The injured pilot was C.D. Colquitt of Atlanta, Georgia.  He was expected to recover.

 

Source: New York Times, “2 Die in New Hampshire Plane Crash”, July 19, 1926 

 

Claremont, N.H. – October 10 1907

Sullivan County Fair Grounds Near Claremont, New Hampshire – October 10, 1907.

     A balloonist by the name of Professor Bonnette was giving an exhibition at the Sullivan County Fair grounds when his balloon suddenly tore open as he was 200 feet above a crowd of onlookers.  It had been his intention to jump from the balloon with a parachute, but when the accident occurred he hadn’t achieved sufficient altitude.  Bonnette fell from the balloon while it was still 100 feet in the air and landed amidst the crowd.  His back was broken in the fall, and he lapsed into unconsciousness.  He was transported to Claremont Cottage Hospital. 

Source: New York Times, “Aeronaut Falls 100 Feet”, October 11, 1907   

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.    

 

     Source:

     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.

     Sources:

     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. 

     Sources:

     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.

      Source:

     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.       

     Sources:

     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.   

     Source:

     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.

     Source:

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

Manchester, N.H. – June 18, 1998

Manchester, New Hampshire – June 18, 1998

     At approximately 11:15 a.m. on June 18, 1998, a 1950s vintage British Hawker Hunter military jet aircraft (Civil Tail # N745WT) crashed in a sandpit off Frontage Road in Manchester, New Hampshire, about 1.5 miles from Manchester Airport.  The pilot, Col. John Childress, 50, of Columbia, South Carolina, ejected moments before the crash, but did not survive.  No other persons were aboard at the time of the accident, and there was no explosion or fire after the crash.  

      When the engine flamed out, Col. Childress stayed with the aircraft and waited to eject so as to direct it away from nearby businesses and houses.       

     The recently restored aircraft owned by an aviation business at Manchester Airport reportedly hadn’t flown since the 1950s. 

     The cause of the crash was later determined to be lack of fuel due to faulty readings of the fuel gauges.

     Col. Childers was an Air national Guard advisor at Shaw Air Force base in South Carolina.   

    Sources:

     The Telegraph, “Vintage Jet Crashes; Pilot Dead”, June 19, 1998

     The Item, (S.C.) “Shaw Pilot Out Of Fuel”, June 21, 1998

     Aviation Safety Newtork, Wikibase Occurrence ASN#40862

    

 

 

Nashua, N.H. – July 12, 1909

Nashua, New Hampshire – July 12, 1909

 

    balloon On July 12, 1909, a man identified as Albert Patenaud of Haverhill, Massachusetts, made a balloon ascension at Nashua with the intent of jumping from the balloon using a parachute.  After the balloon rose several hundred feet it suddenly began to drop.  As it was coming down,  Patnaud jumped, but his chute didn’t open in time to safely slow his rate of fall and he made a hard landing on the roof of a house seriously injuring his leg.  The balloon, meanwhile, came down on the roof of a barn on Beckley Street. 

     Patenaud was taken to a hospital where doctors set and put a cast on the leg.  Undaunted by his scrape with death, Patenaud announced he would try again the following day.  

     Professor Patenaud made another ascension over Nashua on the evening of July 14th, again with the intention of using a parachute.  The balloon rose to an altitude of 3,000 feet, but Patenaud was unable to cut the parachute loose.  After a few minutes the balloon began to drop and the aeronaut was forced to descend with it.  The envelope was torn open when the balloon hit the sharp edge of a roof of a home on Vine Street.  Patenaud was unhurt in this instance.    

     Source:

     The Barre Daily Times, (Vermont), “Aeronaut Dropped Two Hundred feet”, July 13, 1909 

     Nashua Telegraph, (N.H.) “Big Crowd Attends Carnival Features”, July 15, 1909

Mount Kearsarge, N.H. – January 24, 1962

Mount Kearsarge, New Hampshire – January 24, 1962

Warner, New Hampshire

     On the night of January 24, 1962, a twin-engine Piper Apache aircraft crashed into the snow covered top of Mount Kearsarge, within the town of Warner, New Hampshire.   All three men aboard were killed. 

     The dead were identified as:

     Rod Rickard, 27, of Ottawa, Canada

     John Rhude, 37, of Ottawa, Canada.

     Jacob K. Frederick, Jr., 47.  He was well known for his position as head of the textile evaluation department at Lowell, Massachusetts, Technological Institute.    

     Source: New York Times, “Victims In New Hampshire” , January 27, 1962

     

Wilmont, N.H. – September 8, 1984

     Wilmont, New Hampshire – September 8, 1984

 

     On Saturday, September 8, 1984, a single engine plane with two men aboard took off from Eagles Nest Airstrip in New London, New Hampshire.  The plane belonged to the Kearsarge Soaring Club and was used to tow gliders.  The purpose of the flight was to scout locations suitable for gliders to land.  As the plane was circling an area at the base of Mount Kearsarge it suddenly went into a spin and crashed.  Both men were killed.

     The dead were identified as:

     Andrew Stauble, 30, of Mason, New Hampshire.

     Howard Bishop III, of Concord, New Hampshire.  

     Source: The Peterborough Transcript, “Mason Man, In Kearsarge Plane Crash”, September 13, 1984, Pg. 2 

Littleton, N.H. – July 19, 1931

Littleton, New Hampshire – July 19, 1931

     On Sunday, July 19, 1931, a small airplane carrying two men crashed in the town of Littleton.  The pilot, Ralph F. Arey, 21, of Concord, N.H., was severely injured and rendered unconsciousness.  He was transported to Littleton Hospital where he died the following night without ever regaining consciousness.  The other man, Joseph Bianthi, of Montpelier, Vermont, was also injured, but he recovered.

     Source: New York Times, “New Hampshire Air Crash Fatal”, July 22, 1931    

 

Portsmouth, N.H. – April 27, 1930

Portsmouth, New Hampshire – April 27, 1930 

     On April 27, 1930, pilot Clyde Robinson took Geneva Brackett, and Bruce Hessler, both 14, on their first plane ride over the Portsmouth area.  The youths enjoyed the flight so much that later in the day they wanted to fly again.  Later that same day the three took off from the Hessler farm in the neighboring town of Greenland, but at some point the aircraft developed mechanical trouble and the engine stalled, and Robinson couldn’t restart it. 

     He brought the plane down for an emergency landing on a roadway, but just before touch-down one of the wings clipped a tree sending the craft crashing into the ground where it erupted in flames.  Robinson was thrown clear by the impact, but the youths were trapped inside.  Robinson received severe burns on his face, arms, and upper body, during his unsuccessful attempt to rescue his passengers.      

     Source: New York Times, “Two Children Killed In New Hampshire When Plane Falls And Burns”, April 28, 1930

Randolph, N.H. – August 24, 1974

Randolph, New Hampshire – August 24, 1974

     On August 24, 1974, a Cessna 340 crashed into the north side of Mt. Adams killing both people aboard.  The dead were identified as Vernon Titcomb, 56, and his wife, Jean, 53. 

     The couple was from California, and had flown cross-country.  Before the accident, they had stopped at Whitefield Regional Airport a.k.a. Mt. Washington Regional Airport, to refuel before taking off again bound for Rockland, Maine.  Shortly after take off, the pilot radioed he would be returning to the airport due to bad weather. 

     Sources:

     New York Times, “2 Die In Plane Crash”, August 27, 1974       

     Stories From The White Mountains: Celebrating The Regions Historic Past, by Mike Dickerman, History Press, 2013

Mt. Washington, N.H. – November 29, 1969

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire – November 29, 1969

     At 7 a.m. on November 29, 1969, a green and white Cessna 172 with three men aboard took off from Portland, Maine, bound for Burlington, Vermont.  Two of the men aboard were dressed in Santa Claus suits, for the purpose of the flight was to have them drop by parachute over two malls in the Burlington area.     

     The aircraft disappeared in a snow storm while n-route, and a search and rescue operation was begun.  Dense woods, snow cover, and the Cessna’s green and white paint scheme made seeing the plane from the air difficult. The wreckage was finally spotted on December 2, on Boott Spur, at the 5,500 foot level of Mt. Washington.  When rescuers reached the area they found all three men had been killed in the crash.   

     The dead were identified as:

     (Pilot) Kenneth Ward, Jr., 20, of Augusta, Maine.

     Paul Ross, of South Portland, Maine.

     Cliff Phillips, of Island Pond, Vermont.

     Sources:

     Lewiston Daily Sun, “Plane Carrying Three, Piloted By Monmouth Man, Is Sought In N.H.”, December 1, 1969 

     Lewiston Daily Sun, (Photograph with caption.) “Arrow Points To Where Plane Crashed on Mt. Washington”, December 3, 1969  

     (Fla.) St. Petersburg Times, “Santa Claus Parachutists Die In Crash”, December 3, 1969

Mt. Washington, N.H. – March 21, 1971

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire – March 21, 1971

     On March 21, 1971, a husband and wife were killed when their small private aircraft crashed near the summit of Mt. Washington after encountering fog conditions.  The aircraft came down in a flat area where it sheared its wings before flipping over.    

     The couple were identified as Thomas Hennessy Jr., 54, and his wife Irehne (Irene), 47, both of Wellesley, Massachusetts.  Mrs. Hennessy was a model and television personality, best known for being the “Hi neighbor” girl for the then Rhode Island based Narragansett Beer company. 

     It was also reported that three other persons lost their lives in another plane crash which happened in the same area in December, 1969.

     Sources:

     Nashua Telegraph, “Bodies Of Wellesley Couple Found In Airplane Wreckage”, March 23, 1971 

     Nashua Telegraph, “Authorities Seek Cause Of Plane Crash”, March 24,1971 

     Nashua Telegraph, “Adverse Weather Ruled In 1971 Light Plane Crash”, August 24, 1972

    

Mt. Washington, N.H. – October 2, 1990

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire – October 2, 1990

     At 3:21 a.m. on October 2, 1990, a Cessna 172 aircraft carrying three men took off from Syracuse, New York, bound for Bangor, Maine.  At 4:44 a.m., the plane disappeared from radar and flew into the north side of Mt. Washington.   The mountain is 6, 288 feet high, and it was reported that had the aircraft been just 30 feet higher it would have cleared the mountain. 

     Wreckage was scattered over several hundred feet in a difficult area to access.  Searchers were further hampered by strong winds and bad weather. 

     All three men were killed in the crash.  Two were identified as Jimmy Fred Jones, 33, and Stewart Eames, 27, both of Forth Worth, Texas.   The bodies were brought down the mountain in the Cog Railway train that brings tourists up and down the mountain.

Sources:

Nashua Telegraph, “Small Plane Crashes Into Mt. Washington”, October 10, 1990 

(North Conway N.H.) The Reporter, “Plane Crash Kills Three”, October 10, 1990 

Bangor Daily News, “Mt. Washington’s Cog Railway To Carry Bodies Of Texas Men Killed In Plane Crash”, October 4, 1990

Rochester, N.H. – September 26, 1912

Rochester, New Hampshire – September 26, 1912

     On September 26, 1912, Boston aviator Phillips W. Page was scheduled to give a flight exhibition at a fair in Rochester before a crowd of 25,000 people.  However, as Page was taking off, and had reached an altitude of barely 25 feet, a sudden gust of wind tipped the plane causing a wing to drop and strike a fence near the reviewing stand.  The plane hit the ground and was smashed to pieces.  As dozens of people rushed over to be of assistance, Page crawled out from underneath, shaken and bruised, but wearing a smile.    

     Page had survived a previous accident on December 9, 1911, when he and a passenger received “a ducking” when the wing tip of their airplane hit the water off Marblehead, Massachusetts

     Phillips Ward Page (1885-1917) was an early New England aviator, and Harvard graduate.  One could say his career began when he took a job as Aviation Editor for the Boston Herald,  and in his capacity as editor took several plane trips around Boston.  He obtained his pilot’s license from the Wright Flying School in Dayton Ohio on October 25, 1911, and later became an instructor for the Burgess Company of Marblehead where he tested some of the newest Burgess-Curtis aircraft. 

     During World War I, Page served as a naval aviation instructor at Squantum Naval Base in Massachusetts, before going overseas.  Ensign Page died in the service of his country on  December 17, 1917, when the seaplane he was piloting crashed in the English Channel.    

     Sources:

     The Bare Daily Times, “Aviator Had A Fall”, September 27, 1912, Page 2.

     Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) catalog – Phillips Ward Page

     Aero & Hydro magazine, “Activity Of Aviator And Builder” December 9, 1911, page 201

     Washington Times, “Ensign Page, D.C. Flyer, Killed In Accident Abroad”, December 20, 1917, Page 8

     Washington Times, “20 D.C. Men Gave Lives To Nation In Year Of War”, April 8, 1918

 

 

 

 

Hudson, N.H. – June 17, 1928

Hudson, New Hampshire – June 17, 1928

     On June 17, 1928, a small plane carrying three people took off from a dirt airfield in Hudson, New Hampshire, for what was to a sight-seeing flight.  The aircraft had barely reached an altitude of 50 to 100 feet during take-off when it suddenly fell to the ground and immediately burst into flames. 

     The two passengers, former New Hampshire state senator, Marcel Theriault, 43, and Katherine Thomas, 22, both of Nashua, N.H., were trapped in the wreckage and burned to death. 

     The pilot, George Lennox, managed to free himself, and tried desperately to rescue the passengers, suffering severe burns in the process.  He was later admitted to a hospital n critical condition, but survived his injuries.     

     The crash was witnessed by family and friends of both passengers, including Miss Thomas’ fiancé.

     Senator Theriault was initially buried on the Hayward farm off Broad St. in Nashua, N.H., but in 1965 he was re-interred in Pine Knoll Cemetery in Hanover, N.H.

     A photo of this crash can be found on the Hagley Digital Archives website at digital.hagley.org   Search text for “Former state senator and girl killed in plane crash”

     Source:

     Nashua Telegraph, “Body Of Prominent Man Killed In 1928 Air Crash Removed To Hanover From Secluded Grave Here”, September 9, 1965

 

      

Moose Mountain, NH – October 25, 1968

Moose Mountain, New Hampshire – October 25, 1968

      

     At 5:42 p.m. on October 25, 1968, Northeast Airlines Flight 946 left Boston for Lebanon, and Montpelier, New Hampshire. The aircraft was a Fairchild Hiller FH – 227C, (Registration # N380NE) with thirty-nine passengers and a crew of three aboard; pilot, co-pilot, and a stewardess.

     The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 4:55 p.m., but there had been a delay in getting the aircraft to the gate for passenger loading.

     At 6:08 p.m., the flight was cleared for approach to Lebanon Airport.

clouds

     At 6:11 p.m., the crew notified the Lebanon Flight Service Station that they were on a standard instrument approach, and requested a Lebanon weather report. They were advised of overcast conditions and calm winds. This was the last communication with the aircraft. Not long afterwards the plane crashed on the north side of Moose Mountain about 8.2 nautical miles northeast of Lebanon Airport. The impact occurred about 57 feet below the summit.

     In the NTSB Aircraft Accident Report, (NSTB-AAR-70-7) one unidentified surviving passenger described the final moments leading up to the crash.

     “…As we approached Lebanon, the cloud cover had been gradually thinning and before we began our descent, ground had been visible in patches between the clouds for several minutes. On the early part of the descent, the ground continued to be visible. After the turn to the final approach, with the wheels down, we were flying between two nearly vertical cloud banks in the gentle smooth descent which I described in my prior statement.   There was no cloud directly below us, and the level of the base of the clouds at this point was slightly below the level of the aircraft so that the ground was clearly visible under the cloud to a substantial distance ahead and to the side. I was looking out and observed a pond and that the terrain had very few roads and no houses.

     As we continued our descent, I continued to observe and watched the slope of the ground rising ahead of us at about twenty degrees in the direction of the flight. We were so near the ground at this time that I could clearly see the individual trees which appeared fist size and began to look ahead in the direction of the flight for airport approach lights as I assumed that we must be very near the touch down point. I observed the rising ground until I suddenly lost all visibility as we had entered a cloud.

     After a few seconds in the cloud, I felt the initial impact which was gentle and seemed no more severe than a normal touch down. I do not remember any severe impact.”

     According to the report, other survivors described the impact as “smooth”, “not a crash, but more of a settling”, and “a rough landing”.

     Upon hitting the mountain, the plane plowed its way through trees and immediately caught fire after coming to rest. All ten of the survivors were seated in the rear of the aircraft, and managed to escape through the rear service door or by squeezing through openings in the fuselage. In all, seventeen people managed to escape the flames, but seven were fatally injured and succumbed to their injuries before help arrived. The injuries to the remaining survivors ranged from lacerations to broken bones.  

     Darkness, the remote location of the crash, combined with rain and freezing temperatures hindered rescue efforts. Those who could, made their way down the mountain on their own, while the rest were air lifted off by helicopter. The helicopters landed on the green at Dartmouth College, and from there the survivors were transported to Mary Hitchcock Hospital.

   The crash site is located at longitude 72 degrees, 8’.7 west, and latitude 43 degrees 43’.3 north, at an elevation of approximately 2, 237 feet.

     Sources:

     NTSB Aircraft Accident Report, NTSB-AAR-70-7

     New York Times, “32 of 42 On Plane Killed In New Hampshire Crash”, October 26, 1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Walpole, N.H. – January 17, 1937

North Walpole, New Hampshire – January 17, 1937

     On January 17, 1937, a small plane with two men aboard made an emergency landing in a field in North Walpole, New Hampshire.  The pilot was identified as Walter B. Switzer, 35, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, and his passenger was identified as Dr. Gustave Frank, of Springfield, Massachusetts.

     The day before, the pair had flown to Lyme, New Hampshire, where Mr. Switzer reportedly wanted to see a commercial landing field site.  On their way back they encountered foul weather and made the emergency landing. 

     At this point Mr. Frank got out of the plane and watched Mr. Switzer attempt to take off again, but the plane abruptly crashed into a clump of trees.  Mr. Switzer was pulled from the wreckage and taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.    

     Source: New York Times, “New Hampshire Crash Kills Jersey Airman”, January 18, 1937

 

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