New Haven, CT Jetliner Crash, Jun 1971



Allegheny Propjet Plunges Into Row of Summer Cottages


3 Survivors at Hospital; Craft Bound From Washington

NEW HAVEN – (AP) – At least 20 persons were killed today when an Allegheny Airline Convair prop-jet crashed as it approached Tweed-New Haven Airport.

Spokesman at Yale-New Haven hospital said 20 persons were pronounced dead on arrival. The hospital said it received three survivors.

Plane Hits Cables
A witness said she saw the plane hit electrical cables and plummet into a row of summer cottages.

Officials said an emergency morgue was set up at the Goffe Street armory.

All available ambulances, fire equipment and police patrol cars were dispatched to the scene. Police said it was believed that most of the cottages were unoccupied.

Allegheny said in Washington the Convair 580 prop-jet airliner was bound form Washington to New London and New Haven. The crash occurred at 9:52 a. m. EDT.

Second Major Crash
It was the second airline crash in a little more than 24 hours.

An Air West jetliner with 49 aboard crashed near Los Angeles Sunday night after collision with a marine jet.

Initial reports said a number of the cottages hit by the Allegheny plane caught fire, but police said most were believed unoccupied.

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