Off Dartmouth, MA. – October 31, 1979

Off Dartmouth, Massachusetts – October 31, 1979

     On October 31, 1979, a 52-year-old pilot from Marion, Mass., was piloting a single-engine Cessna 150 over Buzzard’s Bay off Cape Cod when he radioed that he was losing altitude.  At the time of his transmission, he was eight miles off shore, and at 1,400 feet.  He stated he was heading for land, and would to try to set the plane on the beach.  The Coast Guard cutter Bibb was notified, as was a search and rescue helicopter at Otis Airforce Base in Falmouth.  The aircraft went down in the water about a mile from shore, off Smith Neck Road in Dartmouth. The wreckage was spotted shortly afterwards by the search helicopter, and the pilots body was recovered floating nearby. 


     Providence Evening Bulletin, “Crash Kills Marion Pilot”, November 1, 1979, page B-2   

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