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 

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