Equipment need cited in New Haven Monday, Jan 10 2011 

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.


Allegheny crash takes heavy toll Sunday, Nov 22 2009 

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.

16 Persons Die Friday Morning in Plane Crash Friday, Oct 23 2009 

Transcribed from the Waukesha Daily Freeman, Waukesha, WI, January 18, 1946, p 1:

16 Persons Die Friday Morning in Plane Crash


CHESHIRE, Conn. — (UP) — An Eastern airlines plane caught fire in flight Friday and crashed in flames in a wooded patch near the state reformatory killing its 13 passengers and crew of three.

The plane was enroute from New York to Boston when the crash occurred. There were no survivors state police reported.

The bodies of three women were found among the victims. An identification disc bearing the name ‘F. W. Bassett Pan-American Airway,’ was found at the wreckage.

Eyewitnesses reported that the twin engined airliner caught fire as it passed over Cheshire.

With smoke trailing behind the plane, the pilot apparently tried desperately to set the plane down in an emergency landing. But then an explosion shook the plane.

Describe Plane Crash

C. A. Goddard, president of the Ball & Socket co., said when the explosion occurred ‘the wings of the plane folded and the plane came straight down.’

Peter Ricco, an overseas veteran, saw the plane catch fire. He ran to the scene of the crash, but flames and the intense heat kept him a distance from the wreckage.

‘No one got out,’ he said. ‘Everybody evidently stayed with the ship.’

The plane left Laguardia field, New York, at 10:28 a.m. and crashed at 11:06 a.m.

Rescuers were unable to remove the bodies for more than 90 minutes after the crash because of the flames. All bodies were burned badly, some beyond recognition.

Firemen Couldn’t Help

All police and fire emergency equipment in the area was alerted immediately after the crash. But the wreckage was reached with considerable difficulty by fire apparatus because of barbed-wire barriers enclosing the patch of land on which the plane struck.

One of the first to report the crash was R. E. Warner, Chesire constable. Flames shot 300 feet into the air after the plane crashed, Warner said.