Framingham, MA. – July 26, 1940

Framingham, Massachusetts – July 26, 1940

     On the night of July 26, 1940, two men took off in a single engine bi-plane from the Framingham Airport.  Moments after take off, while only a few hundred feet in the air, the plane appeared to begin to circle when it abruptly dove towards the ground and crashed on what was described as a “cart road”.   The 33-year-old pilot and his 30-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries.  Both were transported to a hospital where the passenger died shortly afterwards.     

     The pilot had purchased the 12-year-old airplane only three days earlier. The make of aircraft was not mentioned in the news article.  

     Source: Waterbury Democrat, (Ct.), “Policeman Is Crashed In Plane”, July 27, 1940.  (The pilot was a local police officer.) 


Framingham, MA. – December 25, 1936

Framingham, Massachusetts – December 25, 1936

     On December 25, 1936, a 21-year-old pilot was killed while taking off from the Framingham Airport.   According to a witness, the aircraft’s motor began to sputter as it left the ground, and at an altitude of less than 100 feet the plane turned and fell.  There was no fire, and it was later determined that the gas tank was empty. The youth was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. 

     Source: The Nashua Telegraph, “Begin Probe On Airplane Crash”, December 26, 1936.  

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