Marlborough, CT. – July 31, 1983

Marlborough, Connecticut – July 31, 1983

     At about 8:15 p.m. on the night of July 31, 1983, a Cessna 210H with four people aboard left Nantucket bound for Somers Airfield, a private airport in Colchester, Connecticut.   The airfield is near the Marlborough, Connecticut, town line.   By 9:15 p.m. the aircraft was approaching the airport, but the area was shrouded in thick fog and low clouds making for low visibility.  The aircraft crashed in a thickly wooded area about a half-mile from the airstrip.  Three of the four people aboard were killed in the crash.  The forth, a 17-year-old youth, escaped with broken bones.  Despite his injuries, he managed to make his way through the dark woods to a private home. 

     State police were notified of the crash at 3:30 a.m., and the wreckage was located about three hours later.    


     Norwich Bulletin, “Three Killed In Marlborough Plane Crash”, August 2, 1983, page 1

     The Sun, (Westerly, R.I.), “Federal Investigators Seek Cause Of Fatal Colchester Plane Crash”, August 2, 1983, page 14  

     Despite the contradicting headlines, the accident occurred in Marlborough, Connecticut.   

     Providence Journal Bulletin, “Small Plane Crash Kills 3 In Conn.”, August 1, 1983, page A-7


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