All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Newry's Third Plane Crash

Today's tragic plane crash on Barker Mountain in Newry calls to mind two other aviation accidents that occurred in that town.

On June 27, 1960, a KC-97G refueling plane from Plattsburgh AFB in New York caught fire and spiraled into Jonathan Smith Mountain in North Newry, killing all five crewmen. As with today's accident, the wreckage was extremely difficult to reach. Parts of the plane still remain on the mountain, along with a memorial dedicated by the Maine Aviation Historical Society in 2001. Pete Noddin's website has an account of the incident, and pictures from the crash site.

On Sept. 25, 1992, State Trooper Leroy W. Gray and his wife Brenda were killed when their small plane crashed on Mt. Will in Newry.

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