Air New England Flight 248

Air New England Flight 248 was a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter that crashed on approach to Barnstable Municipal Airport in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, on June 17, 1979. All of those on the aircraft survived with the exception of the pilot, who was killed instantly.

Air New England Flight 248
A Twin Otter similar to the accident aircraft
DateJune 17, 1979
SummaryControlled flight into terrain (CFIT)
SiteCamp Greenough, Yarmouth Port, Yarmouth, Massachusetts, United States
41°41′25.62″N 70°14′30.95″W / 41.6904500°N 70.2419306°W / 41.6904500; -70.2419306
Aircraft typede Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
OperatorAir New England
Flight originLaGuardia Airport, New York, New York, United States
DestinationBarnstable Municipal Airport, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Fatalities1 (Pilot)[2]
Injuries4 or 5

Flight designations, route, and crew edit

At 10:48 p.m. EDT on 17 June 1979, Flight 248, with eight passengers and a crew of two, crashed in a heavily wooded area in the Yarmouth Port section of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) northeast of Barnstable Municipal Airport while on an instrument landing system (ILS) approach.[2] The crash occurred on the end of a flight from LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York. The aircraft, piloted by Air New England co-founder George Parmenter, was several miles short of the runway.

Crash edit

The aircraft crashed in the middle of Camp Greenough, a heavily wooded Boy Scouts of America camp. Parmenter was killed in the crash. The co-pilot and several passengers were injured.

An uninjured passenger managed to make her way through thick brush to the Mid Cape Highway (Route 6), and flagged down a passing car. The motorist drove her to the airport, where she alerted authorities to the crash. Rescuers, with the aid of a brush-clearing truck, were able to cut a swath through the brush to the crash site and aid the survivors.[3]

Book edit

In June 2009, author Robert Sabbag, one of the passengers on board Air New England Flight 248, released a book called Down Around Midnight (Viking Adult, ISBN 978-0-670-02102-4), a first-hand account of the crash from survivors and rescuers.[4]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "FAA Registry (N383EX)". Federal Aviation Administration.
  2. ^ a b "Accident Details". Air Crash Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  3. ^ "Memories of 1979 plane crash linger on |". Archived from the original on 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  4. ^ Sabbag, Robert (11 June 2009). Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival. Viking Adult. ISBN 978-0670021024.

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