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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 8514
Last updated: 25 January 2021
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Date:03-JUL-1970
Time:18:37 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C310 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 310P
Owner/operator:Pilgrim Airlines
Registration: N5766M
C/n / msn: 310P-0066
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Long Island Sound, near Westbrook, CT -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Trumbull Airport, CT (GON/KGON)
Destination airport:John F Kennedy Airport, New York (JFK/KJFK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Aircraft went missing en route: part of Cessna 310 N5766M was recovered from Long Island Sound, near Westbrook, CT on 5 July 1970. According to a contemporary newspaper report (Newport Daily News Rhode Island):

"LONG ISLAND SOUND HUNTED FOR WRECK.

Groton, Conn. (AP) -- Coast Guard rescue crews reported no sign early today of a Pilgrim Airlines plane with five persons aboard that went down in Long Island Sound after the pilot reported he was out of fuel.

The two-engine plane took off from Trumbull Airport here in southeastern Connecticut at 4:24 p.m. on a flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Because of poor visibility, it was in a holding pattern at Kennedy. The plane returned to Connecticut and tried to land at Tweed-New Haven Airport, but ran into the same problem. It then headed back to Trumbull Airport.

JOHN RAISSI, Trumbull Airport manager, said the pilot called the airport about 6:37 p.m. saying he was out of gas. The pilot, ALFRED CROFTS of Stonington estimated he was about 100 feet off shore apparently at Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford RAISSI said. CROFTS is the father of eight children.

Also aboard were the copilot GEORGE FOX of Orient Point, N. Y., and three passengers whose identities were not released by the airline.

Two Coast Guard cutters said four small boats from the Coast Guard station New London launched a search for the Twin Otter plane along the coast between Niantic Bay and Mumford Point to a point three miles from shore.

Pilgrim Airlines provides shuttle service for passengers at Kennedy, Tweed-New Haven and Trumbull airports and at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks."

Sources:

1. https://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=2825&key=0
2. http://www.gendisasters.com/connecticut/4804/groton,-ct-plane-crashes-long-island-sound,-feb-1970



Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
26-May-2014 02:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Oct-2020 17:38 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]

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