Rockport, ME Commuter Plane Crashes On Coast, May 1979
17 KILLED IN PLANE CRASH.
Owls Head, Maine (AP) -- A Downeast Airlines commuter plane from Boston crashed near the Maine coast, killing 17 of the 18 persons aboard, authorities said.
Seven bodies were found late Wednesday and the rest were discovered early today in or near the wreckage, said WILLIAM REINHARDT, a Knox County deputy sheriff.
One passenger, JOHN M. McCAFFERTY, 16, of Searsmont, was in "serious but stable condition" at a Rockport hospital. The youth, who suffered a broken leg and head injuries, was shouting for help as rescuers arrived.
Police and sheriff's deputies had searched until early today, hoping to find survivors in the muddy, heavily wooded area where the turboprop DeHavilland Twin Otter went down Wednesday en route from Boston to Owls Head.
The airline was withholding the names of the passengers and crew members until the bodies could be identified and the relatives notified.
Flight 46 carried 16 passengers, a pilot and a co-pilot on the 45-minute trip from Boston's Logan Airport.
The Canadian-built aircraft crashed shortly before 9 p.m. after the pilot made a routine request for permission to divert the flight to Augusta because of poor weather conditions at Knox County Airport in Owls Head, said the Federal Aviation Administration.
But the air traffic controller at Brunswick Naval Air Station lost radio contact with the pilot at 8:43 p.m., said FAA spokesman MIKE CICCARELLI, and "the next thing we knew we got word of a crash."
Sheriff CARLTON THURSTON said the plane lost its wing when it hit a tree on Otter Point and crashed about 400 yards from the beach. Witnesses said the plane crashed into a large rock and flipped over on its back.
Broken bodies protruded from the wreckage as medical examiners tried to assess the carnage. Officials at the scene radioed for body bags, saying "we need plenty." A temporary morgue was set up on the grounds of the Rockport hospital.
The Knox County Sheriff's Department said it received the first report of the crash at 9:13 p.m. and found the wreckage 25 minutes later.
An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board was scheduled to arrive at the scene today with FAA representatives.
Marysville Journal-Tribune Ohio 1979-05-31
I am finding a manifest of this flight very hard to find, but, I do not give up so easily. So far I have the following as being killed:
JAMES MERRYMAN, 35, the pilot.
THOMAS MASSEY, Ruston, Maryland.
JANET MASSEY, Ruston, Maryland.
DAVID SCOTT, Annapolis, Maryland.
GEORGE HINES, the co-pilot.
JOHN A. EASTON.
Thank all of you very much for your help. Eventually we will have the full list to honor and comemorate this disater's victims.