Transcribed from Eugene Register-Guard, Eugene, OR, June 8, 1971, p. 4A:

Equipment need cited in New Haven

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Officials say the lack of an instrument landing system at an airport apparently contributed to the crash of an Allegheny Airlines plane that killed 28 of 31 persons on board.

The Convair 580 propjet had encountered fog and was using instruments on its approach Monday to Tweed-New Haven Airport when it hit apower line, ripped through three vacant beach cottages and crashed in a marshland.

James Malarky, the airport manager, said the minimum operating ceiling at the airport is 380 feet. And the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, John H. Reed, said the ceiling at the time was reported at 200 feet.

Measures plane’s approach

Malarky said the crash would not have occurred if the airport had been equipped with an instrument landing system–electronic equipment that measures a plane’s approach in height and lateral distances. He said the airport’s equipment now measures only lateral distance.

Installation of an instrument landing system has been delayed by litigation involving residents of a nearby town who are trying to block expansion of the airport.

A spokesman for the Airline Pilots Association said Monday night, that Tweed-New Haven “is on airport where we have always wanted to have an instrument landing system.”

One of 10 most dangerous

In a statement issued in September 1969, the association listed the airport as one of the nation’s 10 most dangerous.

One of the three survivors of the crash told federal officials he had been apprehensive about making his first flight since 1952 and had read the accident instruction card during the short flight from New Londton to New Haven.

Norman Kelly, 38, of Waterford told officials he sensed that the propjet was somewhat low during the approach and that he braced himself just before the impact.

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