Plymouth, CT. – June 15, 1946

Plymouth, Connecticut – June 15, 1946

     On the afternoon of June 15, 1946, an 18-year-old pilot and his 17-year-old passenger, both of Terryville, Ct., were flying in a rented airplane over the area of the Mount Tobe Airport in Plymouth, when the plane crashed killing both occupants.  At the time of the accident, the pilot was putting the aircraft through a series of “wing over” maneuvers at a low altitude.   

      The county coroner’s investigation report read in part: “As he (the pilot) reached the extreme northeasterly corner of the field at an altitude of about 250 feet, he put the plane into a steep bank to the left as though to come around and land in a southwesterly direction.  The plane banked part way around, the nose went up into a stall, and the plane fell off on the left wing into a spin.  After two complete revolutions in the spin, he crashed at the northeasterly corner of the field, killing both occupants”.        

     The type of aircraft involved in the accident is unknown. 


     The Waterbury Democrat, “Coroner Blames Pilot For Crash At Mount Tobe Which Killed Two”, July 25, 1946, pg. 16

Mount Tobe Airport, Plymouth, Connecticut

     Mount Tobe Airport is located in the Greystone section of the town of Plymouth, Connecticut, and is also known as Waterbury Airport.  The concept for building the airport began in 1930, but plans were scrapped shortly thereafter due to lack of funding.  Work was resumed in 1933. 

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Waterbury Democrat
December 14, 1933

Waterbury Democrat
December 14, 1933

Waterbury Democrat
September 13, 1934

Waterbury Democrat
May 19, 1938

Waterbury Democrat
December 27, 1943

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Plymouth, CT. – November 25, 1979

Plymouth, Connecticut – November 25, 1979

     On November 25, 1979, a glider with two men aboard was towed from Waterbury Airport up to an altitude of 6,000 feet before it was cut loose.  The flight was going well until the glider was suddenly caught in a downdraft and began to rapidly loose altitude before leveling off at 2,000 feet.  With the unexpected loss of altitude, the glider was now lower than anticipated, and could not make it to its designated landing area.  Sighting an open field of the Terryville Fairgrounds, the pilot aimed for it.  (Terryville is a village within the town of Plymouth.)   Just as the glider was about to land, a large bird suddenly flew from a tree and struck one of the wings causing the aircraft to pivot and cartwheel into the ground.  The aircraft suffered damage, but neither pilot or passenger were hurt.  


     Providence Evening Bulletin, “Glider Crashes After Striking Bird; 2 Men Unhurt”, November 26, 1979, page A-7

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