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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 11750
Last updated: 26 May 2021
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Date:20-SEP-1971
Time:19:16
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23 Apache
Owner/operator:Unclear as to who was operator at the time of crash.
Registration: N3435P
MSN: 23-1402
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lyme Center, Nh -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Portland, Maine
Destination airport:Lebanon,Nh
Narrative:
descended below obstructing terrain on vor apch.Pilot flying unfamiliar aircraft from r seat.

On Monday evening, September 20, 1971, a twin-engine Piper Apache took off from Portland, Maine, bound for Lebanon, New Hampshire. The plane arrived near Lebanon shortly after 8:00 p.m., where thick fog shrouded the area. As the aircraft was making its approach to Lebanon Airport, it crashed into the side of Smartís Mountain. The mountain is about 3,240 feet high, and the aircraft impacted about 1,500 feet from the summit.

Oboard was, Jeanne Bennett, 47, of Post Mills, Vermont, and Hans Klunder, 42, and Robert E. Stewart, 27. Mrs. Benet was killed, and Klunder and Stewart were seriously injured.

A New Hampshire National Guard helicopter arrived at the scene and two guardsmen prepared to repel down a rope to assist the survivors. The second guardsman, Specialist 6 Frederick Bartlett, 33, of Manchester, N.H., fell and was killed.

Sources:

NTSB
https://www.nytimes.com/1971/09/22/archives/fatal-plane-crash-leads-to-2d-death.html
https://www.newenglandaviationhistory.com/smarts-mountain-n-h-september-20-1971/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
26-Feb-2018 20:58 Kimball Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Mar-2019 21:08 liamdaniel98 Updated [Total fatalities]

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