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Albany, NY Plane Crashes Into Houses On Landing Attempt, Mar 1972

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ALBANY PLANE CRASH KILLS 17.

Mohawk Airlines Flight 405, on a landing path for Albany County Airport, hit one house and crashed through another house in Albany Friday night, killing at least 17 persons of the 47 aboard the flight.
The plane was making its final approach to the east-west runway when it hit the house at 48 Edgewood Ave., spun and crashed through the front of the house at 50 Edgewood Ave.
The force of the crash twisted the house off its foundation, dropping the front of the house into the basement and lifting the rear section about four to five feet off the ground.
The residents of the house, JOSEPH ROSEN, his wife and two sons, LAWRENCE, 8, and ROBERT, 6, were at home at the time of the crash, but escaped.
Neighbors rushed to the crashsite and the younger boy was the first to be pulled from the wreckage.
All available ambulances from a wide area, including those from Troy, Rensselaer County, Schenectady, and Saratoga County, conveyed the injured to St. Peter's, Albany Memorial, Albany Medical Center and Veterans Hospitals, all in Albany.
At shortly after midnight, St. Peter's had 15 victims dead from the crash, Albany Medical Center had two.
To get to the victims, workers ripped loose bricks, siding and other building rubble before they could work to take the dead and injured from the plane.
The pilot and co-pilot were among the dead.
An emergency first aid station and temporary morgue were set up in the garage of 48 Edgewood Ave., the first house the plane hit.
Staffing the station were doctors and nurses from nearby hospitals. Also on the scene was Albany County Coroner, John Marra.
The plane went down shortly before 9 p.m. Authorities at the airport, about three miles from the crash scene, said the plane "dropped off" their radar scopes.

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Comments

I had a ticket

I was in the Army, trying to get home ...... I know the feeling. Due to a NY Taxi Cab ride, I missed this flight ...

flt 405

IT WAS NOT MY FATHERS TIME IN 1972 !
HE WAS TICKETED TO BOARD THAT PLANE FRIDAY NIGHT TO MAKE IT HOME TO CLIFTON PARK.

INSTEAD HE RENTED A CAR AND DROVE THE TWO HOURS TO CLIFTON PARK AS THE FLT WAS DELAYED DUE TO WEATHER HE DID NOT WANT TO WAIT HE THOUGHT THAT THEY WOULD CANCEL THE FLT

EVERYONE IN HIS FAMILY AND HIS COMPANY THOUGHT THAT HE WAS ON BOARD THAT NIGHT .

Mohawk Crash March 1972

My mom, who this year celebrated her 82nd birthday, was on this flight. She was going to attend a NOW conference, and was traveling with a young woman named Holly.
I believe tomorrow is the "anniversary" of this horrific tragedy. I am so sorry you lost your best friend. I am grateful every day my mother, somehow, survived.
Bless you,
Nancy Weiner Silver

holly

i did find holly jones on a list of flight 405 victims. i am her cousin, i still see her sister barbara & husband bobby , named their daughter Holly. she was listed in local newsppaper as Miss Holly Jones , no address.

Looking for Holly Jones passenger on flight 405

My best friend was killed on this flight but strangely I can't find her on any passenger lists or victims lists. I was wondering if one of the two passengers you took by ambulance was Holly Jones. If you have any information would you kindly let me know? Thank you.

Crash of Mohawk 405

I'll verify that John Lewis was there. I was driving the North Greenbush ambulance that night when we were called to the crash. We transported one victim to Albany Medical Center.

flight 405

February, 1972 was my 9th month in Ellis Hospital after a horrific June 7, 1971 motorcycle accident. My parents, Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Capritta, were by my side the entire time. However, my mom mentioned how tired my dad was looking and should take some time off, possibly to Florida. They were hesitant to leave me. I was doing fine. There was no excuse not to go. Also, my doctors said I could be allowed home for a short time when they returned. They left for 2 weeks, calling every 2-3 days to check up on me. They were to return Friday, March 3rd. Their connector was flight 405 from NYC. Thursday night, March 2nd, my parents walked into my hospital room. Mom said they were walking the beach early afternoon and Dad stopped, saying "let's go back to the hotel and change our reservations and leave today". (you could do that back then). They originally planned to bring me home Saturday morning. Dad decided Friday morning was better. We would all be home for the weekend. God gave us a miracle that day, speaking to my father on that beach. There are no coincidences! Sadly, my dad would die one year later, March 28, 1973. However, I had my mom for another 18 years and my daughter, Cameo Claire, had her beloved "Nana" in her life for 13 years. My heart goes out to all who lost loved ones on this flight.

1972 airliner crash

I was at the crash with the North Greenbush Ambulance. I crawled into the plane and we pulled out two victims and took them to St. Peters Hospital.

Your April 5 comment.

Thank you for remembering my sister.

Victims

Catherine (Cathy) Aldi, my neighbor and childhood friend from Pattersonville New York was killed in this crash, age perhaps 19.



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