Brainard Airport – August 17, 1993

Brainard Airport – August 17, 1993 

     Shortly before 2:30 a.m. in the early morning hours of August 17, 1993, a twin-engine, Swearingen Metro II aircraft with only a pilot and co-pilot aboard was approaching Brainard Airport in Hartford, Connecticut.  The Brainard control tower had closed at midnight, and the flight was being monitored by controllers at Bradley International Airport .  As the aircraft was in the process of landing,  the tips of the propeller blades struck the runway and the landing was aborted. As the aircraft was attempting to regain altitude it crashed into the Connecticut River near the Charter Oak Bridge.  Both men aboard perished.  


     Providence Journal, “Tower Had No Warning In Fatal Conn. Plane Crash”, August 18, 1993, page D-11

     Aviation Safety Network

     NTSB accident report #NYC93FA159

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