Off Provincetown, MA – October 17, 1949

Off Provincetown, Massachusetts – October 17, 1949 

     On October 17, 1949, a Piper Clipper belonging to the Cape Cod Flying Service left Boston Airport at 11:50 p.m. bound for Provincetown.  The 45-mile trip was to be made almost entirely over the water.   When the plane was about ten minutes from its destination, and about six miles off the coast, the pilot radioed that he had an emergency and would be going down in the water.

     The plane was carrying three adults and two young children.  The adults apparently got out of the Clipper before it sank taking both children with it.  Other aircraft of the Cape Cod Flying Service arrived over the scene and reported seeing survivors swimming in the water.  They continued to circle the area guiding the Coast Guard vessel Acushnet to the scene, but by the time the boat arrived the survivors had succumbed to hypothermia.  Coastguardsmen did artificial respiration on the three victims as they raced to port, but without success. 

    The dead were identified as:

The pilot, Daniel Lacey, 26, of Westwood, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Harold Keppel, 34, and her two sons, Paul and Bruce, all of New York City.

Mrs. Edward S. Davis of Provincetown, Mass. 


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “3 Killed, 2 Babies Missing At Sea”, October 18, 1949

The Spartanburg Herald, ‘Plane Crash Claims 3”, October 18, 1949

The Kingston (N.Y.) Daily Freeman, “Five Are Killed Off Provincetown In Airplane Crash”, October 18, 1949

New York Times, “Five Die As Plane Crashes Into Sea” October 18, 1949

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