Warren, ME Plane Crashes in Hay Field, May 1947

Two Escape As Plane Upsets In Hay Field

Warren, May 6.---Charles Loeffler, 26 year old South Portland pilot, escaped with a cut lip this evening when a PT-26 training plane was flipped onto its back in an attempted forced landing in a hay field. A passenger, Andrew Wagner, 23, of Biddeford, was shaken up.

Loeffler ran into soupy weather on a Caribou-to-Portland hop. Unable to make Rockland, he tried to bring the craft down in a field about 500 feet from James Kinney's farm buildings. Plane wheels were on the ground for about 50 feet when they hit a hump and the plane was turned over. The pilot said the single-engine craft was demolished.

The plane is owned by the Portland Flying Service, Inc.

State Police were investigating tonight, and the two men remained at the Kinney home.

Portland Press Herald, Portland, ME 8 May 1947