Danielson Airport – November 9, 1974

Danielson Airport, Connecticut – November 9, 1974

     On November 9, 1974, a 26-year-old man rented a single-engine Cessna 172 at the Danielson Airport in Danielson, Connecticut.  He was a student pilot, with less than fifty hours of flight time.   At about 11:00 a.m., as he was taking off, the aircraft crashed into a 30-foot tree located about 500 feet off the runway.  After hitting the tree the aircraft flipped over.  The Cessna was demolished, and the pilot was transported to Day Kimball Hospital in critical condition.      


     Hartford Courant, “Student Pilot Injured In Crash At Danielson”, November 10, 1974 

Danielson, CT. – November 9, 1974

Danielson, Connecticut – November 9, 1974

Danielson Airport

     On the morning of November 9, 1974, a lone pilot from Massachusetts was attempting to take off from Danielson Airport in a Cessna 172, (N46656).  Strong gusty winds were blowing at the time, and as the aircraft was becoming airborne it veered off the runway area, went over an embankment, and slammed into a tree.  The plane was wrecked, and the pilot was transported to Day Kimball Hospital with serious injuries.    


     Providence Sunday Journal, “Student Pilot Hurt In Connecticut Crash”, November 10, 1974, page 3.

     Hartford Courant, “Injured Pilot Still Listed As critical”, November 12, 1974, page 6.

     Hartford Courant, “Crash Victim Off Critical List”, November 14, 1974, page 10.

     Aviation Safety Network

Brooklyn, CT – December 26, 1977

Brooklyn, Connecticut – December 26, 1977 

     On December 26, 1977, a Piper Cherokee with three people aboard was passing over Brooklyn, Connecticut, approaching Danielson Airport in the neighboring town of Killingly.  When the plane was about 2,000 yards from the runway, it fell in a wooded section on the Brooklyn side of the town line. 

     A 54-year-old man was killed in the crash, the other two persons aboard were injured.

          Source: New York Times, “One Killed, 3 Hurt In Connecticut Crashes Of Two Small Planes”, December 27, 1977       (The headline refers to another crash earlier that same day where two men were inured when their small plane crashed just after takeoff at Tweed-New Haven Airport.) 

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