Bennington, VT. – August 9, 1939

Bennington, Vermont – August 9, 1939

     At about 6:45 p.m. on the evening of August 9, 1939, residents of the “Chapel District”, a hamlet in the Bennington area, heard an unidentified airplane with its motor sputtering come out of the northwest after a heavy shower.  Witnesses said the plane was flying low, and then its motor died.  The aircraft was moving in the direction of Bald Mountain and it was felt that it was too low to clear the mountain, and was presumed to have crashed.

     Authorities were notified and a search was instituted, but nothing was found.  

     It was later learned that residents of Brattleboro, Vermont, heard an unidentified airplane pass over their community around 7:00 p.m., and it was estimated that it would take an airplane fifteen minutes to fly from Bennington to Brattleboro, a distance of about 40 miles.   This information led authorities to doubt that a plane had crashed on Bald Mountain. 

     However, it was never confirmed that the airplane that passed over Bennington was the same one that passed over Brattleboro.   

     Source:  The Nashua Telegraph, “Doubt Tale, Plane Crash On Bald Mt.”, August 10, 1939




Bennington, VT. – November 29, 1983

Bennington, VT. – November 29, 1983

     On November 29, 1983, a twin-engine Piper PA-34, (N2958R), with a pilot and three passengers left Atlantic City, New Jersey, bound for Bennington.  The flight arrived near Bennington Airport shortly before 3:00 p.m., but the pilot opted not to land due to heavy cloud cover.  He was re-directed to Albany, New York, and as he was leaving the area the aircraft crashed on Mount Anthony about one mile south of Bennington Airport.  Two people aboard the plane suffered serious injuries.  The other two were also injured, but to a lesser extent.  One passenger was able to make his way down the mountain to Southern Vermont College where he reported the crash to authorities.  The others were transported to medical facilities.


     The Sun, (Westerly, R.I.), “Four Hurt In Airplane Crash”, November 30, 1983, page 28

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