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

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One of the first officials at the scene was Thomas O'Leary, a Mohawk vice president who lives a couple of blocks away.
He said he was watching television when he heard "a tremendous sound." A few minutes later Mohawk officials notified him of the crash and he ran to the scene.
"It was fortunate," O'Leary said, "that there was no fire and that people were being carried away alive."

Other witnesses said both of the plane's engines were shut off as the craft dived out of the overcast.
The airport spokesman said the plane would have been at an altitude of about 1,500 feet at the time the pilot said he was shutting off the left engine.

The Troy Record New York 1972-03-04

Plane Crash Victims:
ROBERT McADAMS, 44, pilot, South Hempstead, N.Y.
WILLIAM MATTHEWS, 38, co-pilot, Orange, N.J.
MERL L. GALUSHA.
DEANE HAYWOOD, Pittsfield.
DAVID L. HERDER, Pittsfield.
ROBERT D. LEYDEN.
PETER SURGENT, lived in apartment in destroyed house.
HAROLD McKEEVER.
JEREMIAH RUNDELL, Scotia.
ANTHONY PARADISE, Schenectady.
THOMAS MULLEN, Schenectady.
ANTHONY J. GIZZI, Pittsfield.
MRS. HOMER D. LAUBE, Pittsfield.

Plane Crash Survivors:
MRS. SANDRA SEGAR, stewardess, Jackson Heights, N.Y.
MARCIA ROSEN, 35, 50 Edgewood Ave., Albany, N.Y.
ROGER ROSEN, age 7.
JOSEPH ROSEN, 43.
LAWRENCE ROSEN, age 10.

Passengers:
ROBERT DELLERT, 36, 10 Laury Lane, Scotia, N.Y.
REBA DELLERT, same address.
RONALD MAJEWSKI, 29, 914 Morgan Ave., Schenectady, N.Y.
PAUL McLOUGHLIN, 26, Ballston Lake, N.Y.
FRANK DELSON, 56, Stockbridge, Mass.
THOMAS RAWLEY, 51 Huckleberry Lane, Colonie, N.Y.
JOSEPH GABRIEL, 40, Elm Grove Avenue, Troy, N.Y.
MRS. CAROLYN GABRIEL, same address.
CHRISTOPHER ALDI, 17, Patersonville, N.Y.
MARILYN CASCELLI, 25, 1187 Hillside, Ave., Schnectady, N.Y.
BOBBY HULL, 8 Heritage Parkway, Scotia, N.Y.
LAURA CARMEAN, Welton Beach, Fla.
AREN CARMEAN, infant, same address.
DR. WILLARD MYERS, JR., 35, Rexford, N.Y.
WALLACE CAMPBELL, 31, 7 Morningside Drive, Ballston Lake, N.Y.
GREG BOWMAN, 19, Dauemora, N.Y.
ROBERT BACHE, 212 Warren St., Glen Falls, N.Y.
LAWRENCE FLYNN, 414 Fly Road, Niskayuna, N.Y.
SUSAN REZEN, 24, Hammond, Ind.
RICHARD CROTTEAU, 33, Beachwood Drive, Burnt Hills, N.Y.
WILLIAM REYNOLDS, 51, RD 1, Averill Park, N.Y.
DONALD CORNELL, 1493 Wyoming Ave., Schenectady, N.Y.
Sister MARY ANN COLLINS, 25, 1600 Winter St., Augusta, Ga.
DONALD KITTLE, 44, 151 Spring Road, Scotia.
BARBARA MINCH, 28, Nassau, N.Y.
MRS. ARLEEN WEINER, Albany.
MRS. EILEEN LEYDEN, 844 Mercer St. Albany.
GORDON SNYDER, Amsterdam, N.Y.
CHRISTOPHER WAGNER, 31, South Fairfield, N.Y.
RICHARD SHULSKI, Albany area.
ROBERT McCARTHY, JR., 30, Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Comments

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 ...

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.