Buzzard’s Bay – October 31, 1979

Buzzard’s Bay – October 31, 1979

     On October 31, 1979, a 52-year-old man from Marion, Massachusetts, was piloting a Cessna 150 over Buzzard’s Bay at Cape Cod.  At 12:10 p.m., the pilot reported that his aircraft was loosing altitude.  At that time he was at 1,400 feet and about eight miles from shore, and advised he would try make an emergency landing on the beach. 

     Meanwhile the Coast Guard was notified, and the cutter Bibb, along with a rescue helicopter from Otis Air Force Base were dispatched to the area.   

     At 12:25 p.m. all contact with the pilot was lost. 

     Shortly afterwards the helicopter crew spotted the pilot’s body and wreckage of the aircraft floating about one mile south of Smith Neck in Dartmouth, Ma.      


     Providence Evening Bulletin, “Crash Kills Marion Pilot”, November 1, 1979, page B2.

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