Windham, CT. – June 26, 1980

Windham, Connecticut – June 26, 1980

     On June 26, 1980, a single-engine Stinson 108 aircraft with two men aboard was passing over Windham when the engine lost all power.  The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on the ninth fairway of the Willimantic Country Club.  Several golfers were in the vicinity as the aircraft skidded along the ground before crashing into a grove of trees and coming to rest upside-down.  The airplane suffered extensive damage, and the pilot and his passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and were transported to Windham Community Memorial Hospital for treatment.   Nobody on the ground was injured. 


     Norwich Bulletin, “Two Men Are Hurt In Crash Of Light Plane On Golf Course”, June 27, 1980, page 1.  (With photo of crash scene.)   

Windham, CT. – September 26, 1970

Windham, Connecticut – September 26, 1970


     At 7:15 p.m. on September 26, 1970, a Piper Cherokee aircraft containing five family members left Windham Airport.  About fifteen minutes later the plane crashed into a wooded area off Route 203 not far from the airport.  When state police arrived at the scene they found the 49-year-old pilot deceased, and his wife in critical condition.  She later died of her injuries at Windham Memorial Hospital in Willimantic.  Their 21-year-old daughter and her two children were also treated at the hospital.

     Investigators learned that the couple had rented the airplane at Orange County Airport in Montgomery, New York, earlier in the day, and had flown to Windham to meet their daughter and grandchildren.


    Providence Journal, “N.Y. Couple Killed – 5 Survive 2 Plane Accidents In Conn.”, September 28, 1970    

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