Waterville, ME. – July 28, 1984

Waterville, Maine – July 28, 1984

     At 3:50 p.m. on the afternoon of July 28, 1984, a Learjet 25B with a pilot, co-pilot, and three passengers aboard was scheduled to depart La Fleur Airport in Waterville for Westchester Country, New York.  As the aircraft was making what appeared to be a normal take off,  cockpit warning lights suddenly indicated a problem with the engines.  The aircraft went off the runway and into a rocky – brush area and was damaged beyond repair.  The pilot and co-pilot were injured, but the three passengers  were not, and took another flight to New York. 


     Providence Sunday Journal, “Private Jet Crashes In Maine; 2 Hurt, One Seriously”, July 29, 1984, page C-1 

Northampton, MA – April 20, 1965

Northampton, Massachusetts – April 20, 1965 

     On the evening of April 20, 1965, a helicopter was taking off from La Fleur Airport in Northampton, when the driveshaft to the tail rotor suddenly snapped while the craft was 40 feet in the air.  The helicopter crashed, but all of the four men aboard escaped injury.   

     Those aboard included the pilot, David W. Graham, Massachusetts State Senator Charles A. Bisbie Jr., Massachusetts Governor John A. Volpe, and his aide, George Luciano. 

     The helicopter was en-route to Boston when the accident happened.   


    New York Times, “Volpe Is Uninjured In A Copter Crash”, April 21, 1965 

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