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

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The plane just cleared houses on the east side of the street and the left wing struck the front right corner of 48 Edgewood Ave., swinging the plane into the ROSEN home.
James Carnahan, director of safety programs for the Albany Red Cross, said when he entered the cockpit of the aircraft it "looked like it had been crushed like an eggshell."
MRS. Mary Pellebrino, of 51 Edgewood Ave., directly across the street from the crash site, said she heard no engine sounds at all. "I was in the kitchen when I heard this sound like water, a swishing, then a very large noise. I went into the living room and could see the plane across the street."

Police and firemen in large numbers rushed to the scene and most were at work keeping the hundreds of spectators from clogging the area and hindering the ambulances.
When the plane crashed there was no fire or explosion. One witness to the crash said there was a large cloud of dust.

MRS. ROSEN was found lying, bleeding, outside the crippled home. Her husband was discovered wandering around the scene asking for the two boys who had already been found.
A young married couple, identified as PETER and HANNA SURGENT lived in the upstairs apartment. Reports at the scene said MRS. SURGENT was found to be alive and later reports said her husband had been found with a broken arm.
The plane was a Mohawk Airlines Fairchild-Hiller, two-engine turbo-prop. The crash site is located ablout two blocks off Washington Avenue near the Albany State Campus, in an area of middle-income homes.
The site is separated from the airport by a slight rise.
Among the survivors is the stewardess, but officials have not released any names. A 10-man team from the National Transportation Safety Board, was dispatched to the scene to begin investigation.

The flight left LaGuardia Airport in New York City at 7:42 p.m.
Fire was one of the chief concerns of rescuers as they carefully cut through the wreckage and fuselage. Bystanders were told not to smoke and the smell of the kerosene-type aircraft fuel surrounded the area.
Power crews worked to shut electricity to the home to prevent short circuit sparks which could have set off an explosion.
The rescuers and medical personnel worked in a light snowfall and sub teen temperatures.
Thomas Gremer, a member of the Albany Rescue Squad, was one of the first to go into the fuselage to search for victims.
He described the interior as "a mass of bodies." He said he could hear voices, some persons crying, others asking, "Where am I?" or "What am I doing here?"

Gremer said the interior of the plane was "a mass of tangled debris. You had to take it apart layer by layer."
Another rescuer from a suburban fire department said he crawled into the side of the plane and found a woman trapped, the seat she occupied jammed sideways near the center of the craft.
Jim Basile, who lives a block from the crash site, said he heard the crash and ran to the scene where he and others "busted into the rear of the plane and got some of the people out."
Basile said, "We saw a stewardess in there under the baggage and got her out too. We started to go in for more of them but then the firemen came and we got out of the way to let them do their job."

Another neighbor, J. Robert Sheehan, said he was taking out the garbage when he heard the plane overhead.
"I'm kind of a plane buff and I could tell it was a turboprop in trouble," Sheehan said.
"I looked up and the plane was tipped to the left and the tail was down. Then I saw it go over the house, there was a thump and then dead silence."

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My Memory of Mohawk 405

My 2 black friends and I, a white guy, were driving on Madison Avenue when Fire Trucks and Emergency vehicles started passing us. So we decided to follow them. We kind of lost them in the neighborhood streets but when we came around the corner there was the plane Mohawk 405 a DC 9. We came on the left side of the plane. I parked. We got out and started walking toward the plane. We could smell the jet fuel and see some red lights on the other side. I was 22 years old and my friends were a bit younger but we wanted to help. We could hear the moans from inside the plane. We argued about how we could save some people not even thinking about the jet fuel or chance of explosion. We had just about decided we could jump on the wing with a rock and try to bust out a window when Albany Police came from our side screaming at us to get away from the plane. I guess it was a stupid idea at the time but when you see something like this you just go into response mode.one of the Last summer 2015, I saw Eli one of my old friends and talked about this like it was yesterday.

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 ...

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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.

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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.