Transcribed from Rome News-Tribune, Rome, GA, June 7, 1971, p. 1:

Allegheny crash takes heavy toll


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An Allegheny Airlines plane with 29 aboard crashed on approach to Tweed-new Haven Airport today and some reports put the number of dead as high as 29.

James Malarky, airport manager, said 29 persons were killed as the Convair 580 made a “low approach” in reduced visibility conditions.

A spokesman for Yale-New Haven hospital said 20 persons were dead. The hospital received three badly injured persons.

A witness said she saw the propjet plane strike high tension wire and plummet into a row of summer cottages. At least five of the cottages caught fire.

Police said it was believed most of the cottages were vacant.

The crash “looked and sounded like an atomic explosion,” said Nancy Palmeiri of East Haven, who said she heard three explosions as the plane hit the wire and crashed at the end of the runway.

Allegheny headquarters in Pittsburgh said 26 passengers and a crew of three were aboard when the plane crashed.