Portland, ME Airplane Crash, Aug 1949

Passengers Escape As Airliner Burns

PORTLAND, Me., Aug. 11. (AP)--A Northeast Airlines plane from Boston crashed and burned an the Municipal Airport Thursday night. Everyone aboard--20 passengers and six employes[sic]--escaped safely.

The line's office at the field said the two-engined ship would be a complete loss.

"The left wing's gone and the rest is burning." an employe[sic] said.

The plane was a special flight from Boston.

Three of the employes[sic] were the plane's crew. The others were deadheading.

Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 12 Aug 1949



Stewardess Patricia Donnellan, 23, of North Quincy, Mass., was credited with saving the lives of passengers of a Northeast Arilines Convair airliner crashed and burned at a Portland, Maine, airport. She led the passengers to safety through a rear door when the front exit was blocked by flames.

Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 13 Aug 1949