Princeton, MA. – February 9, 1970

Princeton, Massachusetts – February 9, 1970

     On February 9, 1970, two men left Sterling, Massachusetts, airport in a small airplane bound for Nashua, New Hampshire.  Not long after take-off the aircraft crashed in a wooded section of Princeton, Mass. about two miles off Route 140.  Both men were killed.

     A search for the downed aircraft was instituted, but the effort to locate it resulted in a second fatal accident.  Three days later, on February 12th, a Civil Air Patrol aircraft taking part in the search crashed and burned at Sterling Airport.  The pilot, Stewart C. Woodworth Jr., age 50, of Weston, Mass., was killed.  His observer, Stephen J. Nottonson, of Newton, Mass., was severely injured.     

     The crash site was eventually discovered by snowmobilers taking part in the search.  


     Providence Journal, “Missing Plane, 2 Dead Fliers Found In Mass.”, February 13, 1970

Wachusett Mountain – November 28, 1963

Wachusett Mountain – November 28, 1963

Princeton, Massachusetts

     On the evening of November 28, 1963, four University of St. Louis students were killed when their Cessna 182 crashed into the side of fog shrouded Wachusett Mountain.  The plane took off from Worcester Airport en-route to Boston at 6:01 p.m. and the crash occurred about twenty minutes later.    

     The dead were identified as:

     John Apez, 18, of Orland Park, Ill.

     Alfred Pitt, 19, of Staten Island, N.Y.

     Henry Katz, 18, of Worcester, MA.

     Glenn Bridgman, 18, of Blackstone, VA.

Source: The Lewiston Daily Sun, “Four Die In Mass Airplane Crash” November 29, 1963.    

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