Fall River, MA.- September 9, 1943

Fall River, Massachusetts – September 9, 1943

     On the morning of September 9, 1943, a U. S. Navy SNJ-4C Texan trainer aircraft, (Bu. No. 27022), was on a training flight over the Fall River area with a pilot and instructor aboard.  Shortly before 10:00 a.m. the aircraft went into a practice spin from an altitude of 6,000 feet from which it recovered at 5,000 feet.  However, at that time the pilot discovered that the throttle was jammed in the closed position.  Repeated attempts to rectify the problem were unsuccessful, and the pilot selected an open field in which to make an emergency landing.  As the plane descended, the pilot continued to work on the throttle, which suddenly opened, but the engine didn’t respond with increased power.   As the aircraft lowered to 2,000 feet the cockpit suddenly began filling with smoke, and flames appeared from the engine cowling.   The decision was made to bail out, and the pilot rolled the aircraft onto its back.  After the instructor had successfully left the aircraft the plane rolled into a vertical position and the pilot was unsure of he could successfully jump clear of the plane so he remained at the controls and aimed for a small cove at the Fall River shoreline.  There he made a successful emergency landing in shallow water about 30 feet from shore.  The pilot and the instructor were not injured, but the aircraft was a total loss.   

     Source:  U. S. Navy accident report #41-8538, dated September 9, 1943.

Quonset Point, R. I. – July 12, 1942

Quonset Point, Rhode Island – July 12, 1942

 

Vought SB2U Vindicator
U.S. Navy Photo

     On July 12, 1942, a Vought SB2U Vindicator, (Bu. No. 0739), was returning to the Quonset Point Naval Air Station after a practice bombing training flight when it crash-landed due to heavy crosswinds.  The aircraft suffered heavy damage, but the two-man crew was not injured.

     Source:

     U. S. Navy accident report #43-4422, dated July 12,1942. 

Middleborough, MA. – May 27, 1980

Middleborough, Massachusetts – May 27, 1980

     On May 27, 1980, a crop-dusting helicopter with a lone pilot aboard took off from Norwood, Mass. to spray some cranberry bogs.  While in-route, the aircraft developed engine trouble and the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing, but the helicopter came down in some trees in Middleborough and was extensively damaged.  The pilot was not injured, and was able to walk away from the accident.

     Source:

     Westerly Sun, (RI), “Pilot Walks Away From Copter Crash”, May 28, 1980, page 2 

Atlantic Airport, Charlestown, R.I.

Atlantic Airport, Charlestown, Rhode Island

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Atlantic Airport, unknown date.
Photo courtesy of Louis McGowan
Johnston, R.I. Historical Society

Connecticut Airport Postal Covers

Bridgeport Airport Dedication - 1929

Bridgeport Airport Dedication – 1929

1962 Dedication of Danielson Airport

1962 Dedication of Danielson Airport

Danielson Connecticut Airport

Danielson Connecticut Airport

Trumbull Airport New Terminal Dedication - 1963

Trumbull Airport New Terminal Dedication – 1963

Bernard Field, Hartford Ct. - 1929

Bernard Field, Hartford Ct. – 1929

Wallingford, Connecticut Airport - 1929

Wallingford, Connecticut Airport – 1929

New Haven, Connecticut - 1931

New Haven, Connecticut – 1931

Burlington Vermont Municipal Airport

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Old Postcard View Of Burlington Airport

Old Postcard View Of Burlington Airport

Vintage Post Card View Of Burlington, Vermont, Municipal Airport

Vintage Post Card View Of Burlington, Vermont, Municipal Airport

Post Card View Of Municipal Airtort, Burlington, Vermont

Post Card View OF Burlington Airport

Post Card View OF Burlington Airport

     Also see Early Burlington Vermont Airport Articles

Massachusetts Airport Postal Covers

Beverly, Mass. Airport - May 31, 1930

Beverly, Mass. Airport – May 31, 1930

Great Barrington, Mass. Airport Dedication - September 5, 1931

Great Barrington, Mass. Airport Dedication – September 5, 1931

Bowels Airport, Agawam, Mass. - June 6, 1930

Bowels Airport, Agawam, Mass. – June 6, 1930

Pittsfield Airport - June 6, 1931

Pittsfield Airport – June 6, 1931

Fort Deven's, Mass. - 1941

Fort Deven’s, Mass. – 1941

New Bedford - Fairhaven Airport - 1930

New Bedford – Fairhaven Airport – 1930

Otis Air Field – March 27, 1944

   Otis Air Field – March 27, 1944

Falmouth, Massachusetts    

U.S. Army - Douglas RA-24B, U.S. Air Force Photo

U.S. Army – Douglas RA-24B, U.S. Air Force Photo

     On March 27, 1944, Women’s Air Service Pilot, (WASP), Frances F. Grimes, was killed shortly after take-off from Otis Field.  The aircraft was an RA-24B, (42-54552), the army’s version of the U.S. Navy’s SBD Dauntless dive bomber.   Shortly after taking off, the plane developed engine trouble and dove into the ground. 

     Frances Fortune Grimes was born in Deer Park, Maryland and was a graduate of West Virginia University, and the University of Pittsburg.  She entered the service in January 1943 at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, and began her flight training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, on January 15, 1943.   She completed her training as part of the class 43-W-3 on July, 3, 1943, and was designated a ferry pilot, assigned to Love Field in Dallas.  From there she served at Camp Davis, North Carolina, before arriving at Otis Field on December 15, 1943.   She was 32-years-old at the time of her death.   

     Three other WASP pilots were also serving at Otis Field at the time: Shirley Ingalls, Mildred A. Toner, and Mary L. Leatherbee, all of whom acted as pallbearers at Miss Grimes funeral held at Camp Edwards. 

     This was the second fatal accident involving the same type of aircraft from Otis Field within three weeks.  On March 3, 1944, another RA-24B (42-54555) crashed near the entrance of Woods Hole Harbor killing the pilot, 2nd Lt. Joseph H. Gardner, 29.  (See posting on this website for more info.)  

     For a photo of Miss Grimes, and other information about WASP pilots, go Wings Across America/ Wasp On The Web/ Above and Beyond.

Sources:

Falmouth Enterprise, “Woman Pilot Dies In Otis Field Crash” March 31, 1944   

Lawrence Webster, Aviation Archeologist & Historian

Wings Across America/Wasp On The Web/Above & Beyond – www.wingsacrossamerica.org.

 

    

Connecticut Civil Air Patrol Vehicle

Connecticut Civil Air Patrol Vehicle - Danielson Airport - 2015

Connecticut Civil Air Patrol Vehicle – Danielson Airport – 2015

Connecticut Civil Air Patrol Danielson Airport

Connecticut Civil Air Patrol - Danielson Airport - April 8, 2015

Connecticut Civil Air Patrol – Danielson Airport – April 8, 2015

Connecticut Civil Air Patrol Insignia

Connecticut Civil Air Patrol Insignia

Connecticut Civil Air Patrol Insignia

Danielson Squadron Insignia – Civil Air Patrol

Danielson Squadron Insignia - Connecticut Civil Air Patrol - Danielson, CT.

Danielson Squadron Insignia – Connecticut Civil Air Patrol – Danielson, CT.

North Central Airport (R.I.) postal cover – 1951

North Central Airport (R.I.) Dedication  postal cover - December 15, 1951

North Central Airport (R.I.) Dedication postal cover – December 15, 1951

Smithfield, R.I. Airport – 1932

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The original hangar at the Smithfield R.I. Airport which opened in 1932. Bryant University now occupies this land.

The original hangar at the Smithfield R.I. Airport which opened in 1932. Bryant University now occupies this land.

Smithfield Airport Hangar – Unknown Date

Courtesy Louis McGowan

Johnston, R.I. Historical Society

RICON Airport Original Building

RICON Airport original Hangar, Coventry, Rhode Island

RICON Airport original Hangar, Coventry, Rhode Island

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RICON Airport Planes – 2008

Planes at RICON Airport - 2008

Planes at RICON Airport – 2008

RICON Airport – Coventry, R.I.

View of the first hangar at RICON Airport (2008) located in Coventry, R.I.

View of the first hangar at RICON Airport (2008) located in Coventry, R.I.

Rhode Island Airport Corp. Police – early 2000s

R.I. Airport Corp. Police

R.I. Airport Corp. Police

R.I. Airport Police – 1990s

Worn by the Rhode Island Airport Police in the 1990s.  Note "Div. Of Airports". This patch is no longer worn.

R.I. Div. of Aeronautics metal insignia

old Rhode Island Div. of Aeronautics metal insignia

Old Rhode Island Div. of Aeronautics metal insignia

Old R.I. Air National Guard Police Patch

Worn by ANG officers in the 1970s

Old R.I. Air National Guard Police patch from the 1970s

R.I. Division of Airports Patch

R.I.  Airport Police Patch

Worn by R.I. Airport Police officers 1970s – early 1980s

R.I. Airport Police 1980s

R.I. Airport Police 1980s

R.I. Airport Police 1980s

Old Style R.I. Airport Police Badge

Old R.I. Airport Police Badge

Old R.I. Airport Police Badge

Rhode Island Division of Aeronautics Rocker Patch

Rhode Island Division of Aeronautics rocker patch

Rhode Island Division of Aeronautics Patch

Rhode Island Division of Aeronautics Patch

Bangor Airport, Maine

Bangor Airport,

Bangor, Maine

The airport opened as Godfrey Field in 1921.

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Old postcard view of Bangor Airport, Bangor, Maine.

Old postcard view of Bangor Airport, Bangor, Maine.

 

 

New Haven Airport, CT

New Haven Airport

New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, Connecticut - 1931

New Haven, Connecticut – 1931

Early Post Card View Of New Haven Airport

Early Post Card View Of New Haven Airport

Norwood, MA – June 16, 1942

Norwood, Massachusetts – June 16, 1942

    

P-40 Warhawk  U.S. Air Force Photo

P-40 Warhawk
U.S. Air Force Photo

     On June 16, 1942, 2nd Lt. Herbert C. Chamberlain was piloting a Curtiss P-40E (Ser. No. 41-25161) over Norwood, Mass., when the aircraft experienced engine trouble.  Lt. Chamberlain attempted an emergency landing at Norwood Airport, but went down in a swampy area near the edge of the field.  The plane was damaged by Lt. Chamberlain was unhurt.     

     Lt. Chamberlain was killed a few days later in another P-40 crash at Hillsgrove Air Field in Warwick, Rhode Island, on June 24, 1942.  For more information, see that posting on this website under “Rhode Island Aviation Accidents”.

     Source: U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Report Of Aircraft Accident, #42-6-16-37  

Williston, VT – March 4, 1965

Williston, Vermont – March 4, 1965

    

F-89 Scorpion U. S. Air Force Photo

F-89 Scorpion
U. S. Air Force Photo

     On March 4, 1965, a Vermont National Guard F-89J Scorpion jet was approaching Burlington Airport when an onboard fire broke out.  The aircraft went down about three miles form the airport in the town of Williston, in an area known as Taft Corners, barely missing some trailer homes.

    

 

    

      Nether the pilot or the radar observer survived.  They were identified as: 

     (Pilot) Colonel Robert P. Goyette, 45, of Burlington, Vermont.

     (Radar Observer) Lieutenant Jeffrey B. Pollack, 28, of Burlington, Vermont.

     Today there is a memorial on Rt 2 in the town of Williston honoring these two men, located at GPS coordinates 18T E 65336  N 4922338. (This is not the site of the crash.)

     Sources:

     Lewiston Daily Sun, “Two Vermont Air Guard Officers Die In Jet Crash”, March 5, 1965

     Schenectady Gazette, “2 In Vermont Air Guard Die In Jet Trainer Crash”, March 5, 1965  

       

    

East Boston Airport

Vintage Postcard Views of

East Boston Airport

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Vintage Post Card View Of East Boston Airport

Portland Maine Municipal Airport

Portland, Maine Municipal Airport

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Post Card View Of Portland, Maine,  Municipal Airport

Post Card View Of Portland, Maine,
Municipal Airport

West Greenwich, R.I. – April 24, 1946

West Greenwich, Rhode Island – April 24, 1946 

     On April 24, 1946, two navy F4U Corsairs on a training flight out of Quonset Point NAS were involved in a mid-air collision over West Greenwich.  Moments later, the pilot of one plane bailed out.  His Corsair, (81416), came down onto a house and exploded, killing a mother and her 2-year-old son.   

     Despite a damaged wing, the pilot of the other Corsair, (81312), managed to make it back to the Quonset Naval Air Station. 

     Both planes were assigned to VBF-82.

     The dead were identified as Mrs. Eva Parenteau, 30, and her son Raymond.   Mrs. Parenteau’s other two children, Phillip, 9, and Joseph, 8, were playing in a nearby yard at the time and weren’t injured.   

Source: Woonsocket Call, “Mother, Baby Killed, Plane Crash Probed”, April 25, 1946, Pg. 1 

Warwick, R. I. – November 2, 1942

Warwick, Rhode Island – November 2, 1942

    

P-40 Warhawk  U.S. Air Force Photo

P-40 Warhawk
U.S. Air Force Photo

     On November 2, 1942, two U.S. Army P-40 fighter planes, based at Hillsgrove Army Air Field in Warwick, were on a training flight over Narragansett Bay when they collided in mid-air.   

     One plane, (41-14135), piloted by Staff Sgt. John W. Smallseed, 21, of Newton Falls, Ohio, suffered minor damage and was able to return safely to Hillsgrove.    

     The second plane, (41-14183), piloted by 2nd Lt. William H. Pierson, 23, of Chicago, suffered heavy wing damage, and he was forced to bail out.  After the bailout, Pierson’s plane continued on and crashed in the center of the intersection of Barton Street and Grand Avenue in the Warwick Neck Section of the city. 

     The aircraft narrowly missed an automobile being driven by Edward W. Thurber of Pawtuxet.  The explosion of the P-40’s impact spewed debris and gasoline onto his car setting it on fire.  Thurber, not knowing for sure what had just happened, jumped from his flaming car and allowed it to roll down a hill where it came to rest in a vacant lot and continued to burn.   

     A home at 49 Barton Avenue was also set on fire, but the owner was able to extinguish the flames with a garden hose. 

     Mrs. Forrest B. Morgan of Grand Avenue told reporters that she had been standing where the plane crashed for twenty minutes waiting for her daughter.  She had just started back towards her home when the plane hit and was not injured.

     Meanwhile, Lt. Pierson was seen landing in Narragansett Bay where he disappeared after hitting the water.  Four volunteer firemen from the Conimicut Fire Department launched a boat to rescue Pierson, but needed to be rescued themselves when their boat capsized in the rough water. 

     Some reports were later received that Pearson had been rescued, but these were found to be in error.  He was officially reported as “missing”.  

     Harry Robbins, an eye witness to the crash, told reporters, “One (plane) passed under the other and the two wings hit.  The bottom plane turned over a couple of times, the pilot jumped out, and one wing started to smoke.  Then the plane made two wide circles and I saw it coming towards me.  The explosion it made when it landed was deafening.” 

Source:

Providence Journal, “Two Army Planes Collide Over bay; One Pilot Missing”, November 3, 1942, Pg. 1

          

   

Providence Airport – Seekonk, MA

Providence Airport – Seekonk, Massachusetts

     The former Providence Airport, built about 1929 to service the City of Providence, Rhode Island, was actually located on Fall River Avenue, (Route 6) in the neighboring town of Seekonk, Massachusetts. 

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(Also note Pothier Field in Warwick, R.I., indicated on map.)  

1930 Map Of The Providence Airport in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

1930 Map Of The Providence Airport in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

 

Logan Airport – Vintage Views

Logan Airport – Boston, Massachusetts

Vintage Views 

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Vintage Post Card View Of Boston's Logan Airport

Vintage Post Card View Of Boston’s Logan Airport

Vintage Post Card View Of  Logan International Airport

Vintage Post Card View Of
Logan International Airport

Vintage View Groton Connecticut Airport

Vintage View Of The Groton, Connecticut, Airport

Vintage Post Card View Of Groton, Conn. Airport

Vintage Post Card View Of Groton, Conn. Airport

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New Hampshire Airport Postal Covers

New Hampshire Airport Dedication Postal Covers

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Keene Airport Dedication - September, 1928

Keene Airport Dedication – September, 1928

Twin Mountain Airport Dedication - August, 1930

Twin Mountain Airport Dedication – August, 1930

Vermont Airport Dedication Postal Covers

Vermont Airport Dedication Postal Covers

 

 

Twin State Airport Dedication  July, 1929

Twin State Airport Dedication
July, 1929

Rutland, Vermont - 1931

Rutland, Vermont – 1931

Missisquoi Airport Dedication Cover Swanton, Vermont

Missisquoi Airport Dedication Cover
Swanton, Vermont

St. Johnsbury Airport Dedication Postal Cover

St. Johnsbury Airport Dedication Postal Cover

Barre-Montpelier  Airport Dedication

Barre-Montpelier Airport Dedication

Morrisville, Vermont State Airport Dedication

Morrisville, Vermont
State Airport Dedication

Otis Air Force Base – July 9, 1954

Otis Air Force Base – July 9, 1954

Falmouth, Massachusetts

     On the afternoon of July 9, 1954, air force captain Robert J. Fox was scheduled to fly a single-engine L-20 airplane on a routine training flight from Otis Air Force Base in Falmouth, Massachusetts.   As he was lifting off the runway at 4:05 p.m., the aircraft suddenly lost altitude dipping its wing which caught the ground causing the plane to crash.  Despite heavy damage to the plane, was no fire, and Captain Fox escaped without injury. 

     Fox was assigned to the 4707th Air defense Wing as a communications electronics officer.         

     Source:

     Falmouth Enterprise, “Capt. Robert Fox Unhurt In Crash”, July 9, 1954

Hyannis Airport – Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Hyannis Airport – Cape Cod, Massachusetts

     The airport opened n 1928.  It was expanded and used by the military during World War II.   Although located in the town of Hyannis, Massachusetts, today it is known as Barnstable Municipal Airport.  

Vintage Post Card View Of Hyannis Airport Hyannis, Massachusetts - Cape Cod

Vintage Post Card View Of Hyannis Airport
Hyannis, Massachusetts – Cape Cod

Postcard view showing a Northeast Airlines plane.

Postcard view showing a Northeast Airlines plane.

Hillsgrove R.I. Airport Dedication Postal Covers

Hillsgrove R.I. Airport Dedication Postal Covers

     Today Hillsgrove Airport is known as T.F. Green State Airport, located in Warwick, Rhode Island.  Often referred to as “Providence Airport” by travel agents and airlines, but the airport is not in Providence.  There is no commercial airport located in Providence.

Hillsgrove Airport Dedication

Hillsgrove Airport Dedication

R.I. Airport - 1931

R.I. Airport – 1931

R.I. State Airport

R.I. State Airport

T.F. Green Airport 60th Anniversary 1932-1992

T.F. Green Airport
60th Anniversary
1932-1992

 

Municipal Airport – Caribou, Maine

     Municipal Airport – Caribou, Maine  

Vintage Post Card View Of The Municipal Airport.  Caribou, Maine

Vintage Post Card View Of The Municipal Airport.
Caribou, Maine

 

 

Vintage Hillsgrove R.I. Airport Post Cards

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Hillsgrove Airport Dedication

Hillsgrove Airport Dedication

 

Green dedication of airport

 

Vintage Hillsgrove Airport Postcard. Today known as T.F. Green State Airport - Warwick, R.I.

Vintage Hillsgrove Airport Postcard.
Today known as T.F. Green State Airport – Warwick, R.I.

 

Old Airport Terminal at T.F. Green Airport, Warwick, R.I.  (Replaced by Current Terminal.)

Old Airport Terminal at T.F. Green Airport, Warwick, R.I.
(Replaced by Current Terminal.)

1960s Post Card View Of T.F. Green Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha’s Vineyard Airport

Martha’s Vineyard Airport

Massachusetts

     The airport was opened in 1942 as an auxiliary air field for the U.S. Navy to train pilots for overseas duty.  After the war it was used for civilian aviation.

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Vintage Post Card View Of Martha's Vineyard Airport

Vintage Post Card View Of

Martha’s Vineyard Airport

Vintage Post Card View Of Martha's Vineyard Airport

Vintage Post Card View Of

Martha’s Vineyard Airport

Postcard view of a Northeast Airlines plane at Martha's Vineyard.

Postcard view of a Northeast Airlines plane at Martha’s Vineyard.

Brainard Field, Hartford, CT.

Brainard Field – Hartford, Connecticut

     Today known as Hartford-Brainard Airport, located three miles from Downtown Hartford, Connecticut.

     The airfield opened in 1921, and is said to the the first municipal airfield in the United States.

     Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis here after making his world famous transatlantic flight in 1927. 

 

Early Post Card View Of Brainard Field,  Hartford, Connecticut

Early Post Card View Of Brainard Field,
Hartford, Connecticut

Linen Post Card Brainard Field, Connecticut

Linen Post Card Brainard Field, Connecticut

Former T.F. Green Airport Terminal, R.I.

Former Airport Terminal at T.F. Green Airport, Warwick, R.I. (Replaced by Current Terminal.)

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Vintage St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Airport

Vintage St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Airport

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St. Johnsbury Airport Dedication Postal Cover

St. Johnsbury Airport Dedication Postal Cover

1930s Post Card View Of  St. Johnsbury, Vt. Airport

1930s Post Card View Of
St. Johnsbury, Vt. Airport

 

 

 

Vintage Claremont, N.H. Airport

Vintage Claremont, New Hampshire, Airport

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1930s Post Card View Of The  Claremont, New Hampshire, Airport.

1930s Post Card View Of The
Claremont, New Hampshire, Airport.

Vintage Concord, N.H. Airport

Concord, New Hampshire, Airport

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1930s Post Card View Of Concord, New Hampshire, Airport.

1930s Post Card View Of

Concord, New Hampshire, Airport.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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