Brainard Airport – August 17, 1993

Brainard Airport – August 17, 1993 

     Shortly before 2:30 a.m. in the early morning hours of August 17, 1993, a twin-engine, Swearingen Metro II aircraft with only a pilot and co-pilot aboard was approaching Brainard Airport in Hartford, Connecticut.  The Brainard control tower had closed at midnight, and the flight was being monitored by controllers at Bradley International Airport .  As the aircraft was in the process of landing,  the tips of the propeller blades struck the runway and the landing was aborted. As the aircraft was attempting to regain altitude it crashed into the Connecticut River near the Charter Oak Bridge.  Both men aboard perished.  


     Providence Journal, “Tower Had No Warning In Fatal Conn. Plane Crash”, August 18, 1993, page D-11

     Aviation Safety Network

     NTSB accident report #NYC93FA159

Brainard Airport – November 28, 1978

Brainard Airport – November 28, 1978

     On November 28, 1978, a twin-engine Aerostar, (#N8999A), with three people aboard, took off from Runway 2 at Brainard Airport in Hartford, Connecticut.  Moments later, the aircraft suddenly lost all power, and fell to the ground and exploded about 300 feet off the end of the runway.   There were no survivors.

     Moments before the crash a witness observed “gas or smoke” coming from the left engine.

     The aircraft was bound for Newburgh, New York.


     Providence Evening Bulletin, “Brainard Conn., Airport Plane Crash Fatal To Three”, November 29, 1978, page A-1

     Aviation Safety Network, Wikibase #3158


Brainard Field, CT. – January 31, 1970

Brainard Field, Hartford, Connecticut – January 31, 1970

     On January 31, 1970, two single-engine private aircraft collided in mid-air over Brainard Air Field in Hartford.  Each plane, one a Piper Cherokee, the other a Piper Arrow, carried two people; all four were killed in the accident.  

     The Cherokee, containing a pilot-instructor and his student, fell into the Connecticut River, while the Arrow, containing two men from Ridgefield, Ct., crashed into a wooded section of the neighboring town of East Hartford.  It was not stated who was piloting either aircraft.

     According to witness reports, one aircraft was approaching from the south while the other from the west, each at an altitude of about 2,000 feet.  Then both went into a banking turn at the same time and collided at a 45 degree angle directly over the field.  It was not specified which plane struck the other.    


     Providence Journal, “Four Die In Collision Of Two Light Planes”, February 1, 1970. (With photo)

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