Aircraft accidents

Fatal Air Crash Involves Vintage Plane That Visited the Vineyard

At least seven passengers are presumed dead after a vintage World War II-era B17 bomber that came to the Martha’s Vineyard Airport two weeks ago as part of a traveling exhibit crashed in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday.

No Injuries After Rough Landing at Katama Airpark

A single engine aircraft had a rough landing at Katama Airpark Monday. The pilot of the Piper Cherokee PA-32-26 was unhurt, but the propeller and nose of the plane were damaged. The Edgartown fire department and state police responded to the grass airfield.

Small Plane Veers off Airport Runway; None Injured

A six-passenger aircraft veered off the main runway at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport shortly before noon Saturday when the plane’s landing gear collapsed. The pilot, a passenger, and a dog, were unhurt, officials said.

Pilot Killed In Plane Crash Was Prominent Cuttyhunk Resident

Allen P. Spaulding Jr., 70, was the sole occupant of the 1965 fixed-wing Maule Bee Dee M-4-210 that crashed Wednesday morning on Cuttyhunk, state police said. The pilot was determined to be dead at the scene.

Pilot Identified in Fatal Cuttyhunk Plane Crash

State police late Wednesday identified the pilot in a fatal morning plane crash on Cuttyhunk as Allen P. Spaulding Jr., 70, of Wilmington De.

Police said the facts and circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation.

Mr. Spaulding, a longtime resident of Cuttyhunk, was the sole occupant of a 1965 fixed-wing Maule Bee Dee M-4-210 aircraft that crashed on a remote strip of land at the west end of the island. Cuttyhunk lies at the tip of the Elizabeth islands chain, to the west of Martha's Vineyard.

Jurors Notebook: Edifying and Electrifying

A juror in the Cessna plane crash case said Thursday that the case was “a toss-up” and might have resulted in a verdict for either side had it not settled on the eve of jury deliberations.

The female Edgartown resident, who did not want to be identified by name, said the panel bonded during the monthlong trial but abided by the judge’s instructions to refrain from discussing the case or drawing any conclusions until all the evidence had been presented.


Dramatic Plane Crash Trial Ends Abruptly With Settlements

The legal saga of Alec Naiman, Jeffrey Willoughby and Jessica Willoughby vs. Cessna Aircraft Company ended abruptly this week, after the three 2005 plane crash victims accepted settlement offers.

News Update: Wednesday, April 4 - Plane Crash Trial Ends Abruptly as Pilot Settles

The long trial that pitted Cessna Aircraft Company against a pilot who suffered crippling injuries in a 2005 plane crash at Katama airfield ended abruptly Wednesday in a confidential settlement, lawyers said.

After nearly a month of testimony and on the eve of closing arguments, lawyers conferred during a sidebar with Dukes county superior court Judge Cornelius Moriarty 2nd and Alec Naiman, pilot of the Cessna 172-N plane that crashed on June 23, 2005.

News Update: Friday, March 30 - Two Settle in Plane Crash Trial

Jeffrey and Jessica Willoughby, two of the plaintiffs suing Cessna Aircraft Company in a civil trial over a 2005 plane crash at Katama Airfield, have settled with the company and are no longer involved in the trial that has been underway in Edgartown for the past three weeks.

Cessna Claims Pilot Error Caused Crash

Cessna Aircraft Company began its defense this week in a civil trial over the 2005 crash of one of its airplanes at Katama, calling witnesses who defended the plane’s seat-locking system, raised questions about the pilot’s actions, and disputed future medical costs and lost income the pilot and passengers could incur.