Taunton, MA. – November 10, 1984

Taunton, Massachusetts – November 10, 1984

     On November 10, 1984, a twin-engine Cessna 337B Skymaster with four people aboard left Mansfield (Mass.) Airport bound for Nantucket.  Shortly after take off the airplane developed engine trouble and the pilot attempted an emergency landing at Taunton Airport, but overshot the runway.  The plane went down in Bear Hole Pond a short distance beyond, and sank.  The pilot and two of the passengers got out safely, but the third passenger, a 54-year-old woman from Virginia, drowned.


     The Sun, (Westerly, R.I.), “Plane Lands In Pond; One Dead, Three OK”, November 11, 1984, page 11 

     Providence Sunday Journal, “Woman Killed In Taunton Airplane Crash”, November 11, 1984, page A-3




Taunton, MA – October 11, 1920

Taunton, Massachusetts – October 11, 1920

     On October 11, 1920, a plane piloted by Lt. Frederick Smith took off from Fall River, Mass. headed for Taunton.  While en-route, the engine suddenly stopped.  The aircraft fell 1,000 feet before crashing into a tree in Taunton.  Both Smith, and his passenger, Russell H. Leonard, a Fall River mill owner, escaped with minor injuries.    


     Falmouth Enterprise, “Aviator Smith In Accident”, October 16, 1920

     American Wool & Cotton Reporter, October 21, 1920 page(s) (65) 3721

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