Hudson, N. H. – October 18, 1983

Hudson, New Hampshire – October 18, 1983

     On the morning of October 18, 1983, a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter, (Reg. No. N5011N), with a lone pilot aboard, took off from Boston bound for Manchester Airport in New Hampshire.  The helicopter belonged to a Boston news station, and the purpose of the trip was to retrieve video tapes of the funeral of a U. S. Marine from Nashua, New Hampshire, who’d been killed in Lebanon.   

     As the helicopter was passing over the town of Hudson, New Hampshire, it developed engine trouble and the pilot radioed a distress call to the Manchester control tower.  He then made an emergency crash-landing in the parking lot of an apartment complex.  When the aircraft hit the parking lot, it skidded for 120 feet before colliding with a dumpster and bursting into flame.  The pilot did not survive. 

      Investigation revealed that an engine turbine blade had failed during flight. 


     UPI article, “A Boston Television Station Helicopter Crashed And Burned Today”, October 18, 1983.

     Aviation Safety Network, Wikibase #36342     

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