Winsor Locks, CT. – November 7, 1968

Winsor Locks, CT. – November 7, 1968

     On the evening of November 8, 1968, a Pilgrim Airlines twin-engine Beechcraft took off from Bradley International Airport with only a pilot and co-pilot aboard.  Shortly after take off, when the flight was about five miles southeast of the airport, the aircraft suddenly lost a three-blade propeller from one of the engines and was forced to return to the airport and make an emergency landing.   

     The cause was reported to be a gear box failure in the engine.  It was unclear where the propeller came down, and there were no reported injuries on the ground. 

     A few days after the accident the propeller still had not been recovered, and the airline offered a free airplane ride and $25 to the person who recovered and returned the propeller.    

     It is unknown if it was ever found.


     New London Day, “Plane Lands Safely After Losing Prop”, November 8, 1968

     New London Day, “Pilgrim Airlines Offers reward For Lost Prop”, November 11, 1968


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