Taunton, MA. – July 14, 1988

Taunton, Massachusetts – July 14, 1988

     Shortly before 7:30 p.m. on July 14, 1988, a lone pilot was approaching the Taunton Airport in a Cessna 421, (N825DW), with an engine that was trailing smoke and losing oil pressure.  Low clouds and haze partially obscured the area.  As the pilot made an attempt to land the aircraft crashed and burned in a wooded area of the Massassoit State Park about 2500 feet northeast of the the downwind end of Runway 30.  The pilot did not survive. 


     Providence Journal, “Plane Crash In Taunton Kills Pilot”, July 15, 1988, page C-4.

     Aviation Safety Network, Wikibase #41536.   


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. – April 16, 1949

Taunton, Massachusetts – April 16, 1949


U.S. Navy F6F Hellcat
U.S. Navy photo

     On April 16, 1949, an F6F-5 Hellcat, (Bu. No. 72664), took off from the Squantum Naval Air Station for a training flight.  While over the area of Taunton, Massachusetts, the engine began to run erratically, so the pilot looked for an open area to make an emergency landing.  Sighting one, he headed for it, but as he was making his approach the engine suddenly stopped running and the aircraft crashed into a wooded area.   The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and the pilot was seriously injured. 


     U. S. Navy Hellcat accident report dated April 16, 1949.  

Taunton Airport – August 27, 1966

Taunton Airport – August 27, 1966

     On August 27, 1966, a 50-year-old Florida man piloting a small aircraft was attempting to land at Taunton Municipal Airport when he overshot the runway and crashed into several mounds of gravel.  The pilot was the sole occupant aboard.  He was seriously injured in the crash, and was transported to Morton Hospital where his condition was reported to be “poor”.   


     Boston Sunday Advertiser, “Florida Pilot Hurt In Taunton Crash”, August 28, 1966

Taunton, MA – February 3, 1973

Taunton, Massachusetts – February 3, 1973

     At 2:25 p.m. on February 3, 1973, blue and white single-engine Cessna 150 took off from Mansfield (Mass.) Municipal Airport bound for Taunton. The pilot was a 40-year-old English teacher at Attleboro High School, making a solo flight.  About twenty minutes later the plane crashed in a remote marshy-wooded area about half-a-mile north of Route 44, in the Westville section of Taunton. 

     The first to reach the cash site was an off duty police officer who reported that the pilot was still alive, but unconscious.  Unfortunately the pilot passed away by the time he reached the hospital.         


     Providence Journal, “Teacher Dead In Plane crash”, February 3, 1973 (Photo of accident.)

     The Providence Sunday Journal, “Plane Crash Kills Seekonk Man”, February 4, 1973

     Taunton Daily Gazette, “National Safety Board Probing Fatal Private Plane Crash Here”, February 5, 1973  (Two photos of accident)


Taunton, MA. – September 24, 1902

Taunton, Massachusetts – September 24, 1902


     On September 24, 1902, the Bristol County Agricultural Society Fair was being held in Taunton, Massachusetts, and part of the entertainment featured balloon ascensions, and parachute drops. 

     One ascension was made safely by a man identified as Professor Stafford in the early afternoon.  Another was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. later that day, which would include a triple parachute drop to be performed by the professor,  his wife, and an assistant, Louis Girard. 

     At 4:30 p.m., the balloon lifted from the ground, but almost immediately it was apparent that something was wrong, and Mrs. Stafford dropped away safely. 

     The balloon then quickly rose to a height of 400 feet where it began to rip apart and collapse.  At this point the professor dropped away with his parachute and landed safely, but Girard became entangled in the ropes and couldn’t free himself.   The balloon came crashing down and struck with great force.  Girard was pulled unconscious from the wreck and taken to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries.  


     Hartford Courant, (Conn.), “Aeronaut Killed”, September 25, 1902 

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