New Salem, MA. – August 28, 1977

New Salem, Massachusetts – August 28, 1977

     Shortly before noon on August 28, 1977, a Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman airplane, (Reg. No. N69795), took off from the municipal airport in Orange, Massachusetts,  with a pilot and nine skydivers aboard.  Shortly after takeoff the plane lost all power and crashed in a wooded area in the neighboring town of New Salem.  The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.  


     NTSB accident brief  NYC77FNE34

     Bureau of Aircraft Accident Archives

New Salem, MA. – August 25, 1983

New Salem, Massachusetts – August 25, 1983

     On August 25, 1983, a small airplane with a pilot and three passengers aboard crashed and flipped over into the water of the Quabbin Reservoir.  All four escaped without serious injury.  The aircraft then sank in eight feet of water about 100 yards off the shore of the town of New Salem.  The Metropolitan District Commission, which oversees the reservoir, had to bring in a crane from Boston to remove the aircraft.   


     Providence Journal Bulletin, “Plane Crashes In Mass. Reservoir; 4 Occupants Escape Serious Harm”, August 27, 1983, Page A-7  

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