Augusta, ME. – February 2, 1991

Augusta, Maine – February 2, 1991

     On February 2, 1991, a Cessna 172, (Reg. No. N62746), belonging to the Maine Civil Air Patrol, was taking part in training exercises at the Portland Airport.  Later that day, the aircraft came to the Augusta Airport where it made a touch-and-go-landing.  As the aircraft was taking off it was seen to suddenly loose altitude.  It crashed into the side of a building on Western Avenue about a mile from the airport.  Nobody was in the building at the time.

     There were three people aboard the aircraft, and all perished as a result of the accident.


     Maine Sunday Telegram, “Civil Air Patrol Plane Crashes, Killing Two.” February 3, 1991, page 5B.   (The third person died later at a medical facility.) 

     Associated Press article, (unknown paper), “Investigators Seek Cause Of Plane Crash”, February 4, 1991.

     Aviation Safety Network

Augusta, ME – July 4, 1892

Augusta, Maine – July 4, 1892

     On July 4, 1892, a female aeronaut identified as “Madame Patti” was scheduled to make a balloon ascension at Augusta, Maine.  The balloon rose briefly before it fell into the swift flowing Kennebec River where Madame Patti became entangled in the rigging.  Fortunately she was rescued and brought to shore where it reportedly took thirty minutes to reviver her. 

     Source: Burlington Weekly Free Press, (Burlington, VT.), “Came Down In The Kennebec”, July 7, 1892  

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