Aircraft accidents

Alec Naiman

Pilot in Plane Crash Testifies to Fuzzy Memories, Harsh Reality

Testifying in a crowded makeshift courtroom Thursday, the pilot in a 2005 plane crash at Katama airfield gave his account of the accident that left him confined to a wheelchair without the use of his legs.

“I remember at first my morale was very high,” Alec Naiman — who is deaf and was communicating through a sign-language interpreter — said of his subsequent hospitalization. “I was teasing everybody and flirting with all the nurses.”

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Plane Crash Trial Involving Deaf Pilot and Passengers Poses Courtroom Challenges

A civil trial stemming from a 2005 plane crash at Katama Airfield began this week, with jurors hearing emotional testimony from one of the survivors, venturing to the airfield to examine the plane’s wreckage and pondering technical evidence about key parts of the plane at the center of the case.

Damaged Wreckage

News Update: Monday, March 12 - Plane Crash Trial Begins at Edgartown Town Hall

A civil trial started today stemming from a 2005 plane crash at Katama Airfield, with jurors hearing from one of the crash survivors and taking a trip to the airfield to look at the plane’s wreckage.

The plane’s pilot, Alec Naiman, and his passengers, Jeffrey and Jessica Willoughby, are suing Cessna Aircraft Company in Dukes County Superior Court, claiming that the accident was the result of faulty rails on the pilot’s seat. Cessna is arguing that the crash was due to pilot error.

Two Pilots Lost in Plane Crash Remembered for Good Deeds

A training flight that departed from the Vineyard ended in tragedy Sunday when the single-engine plane crashed into the icy waters of Cape Cod Bay, killing flight instructor Oulton Hues of Norwood and Edgartown and his student, Robert Walker of East Falmouth.

Brewster Plane Crash

News Update: Monday, Jan. 16 - Edgartown Flight Instructor Killed in Cape Cod Plane Crash

Brewster police chief Richard J. Koch Jr. said in a statement Monday that Oulton Hues, 73, of Norwood and Edgartown, and Robert Walker, 68, of Falmouth, were the victims who died in the single-engine plane crash in Cape Cod Bay on Sunday.

Mr. Hues was the pilot and a flight instructor; Mr. Walker was his student and co-owner of the plane, a Piper fixed-wing aircraft.


Chef Lands Plane on State Beach in Life-Saving Feat of Flying

When the engine on Jean Dupon’s light plane died on approach to Martha’s Vineyard Airport on Saturday night, he had two things going for him: almost 30 years’ experience as a pilot and the biggest full moon in 20 years.

Mr. Dupon, 67, of Edgartown, did exactly what he should have under the circumstances, said fellow pilot and Martha’s Vineyard Airport manager Sean Flynn. He pointed the plane towards State Beach.

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News Update: Sunday, March 20 - Plane Crash Lands on State Beach

Two Vineyard residents were treated for minor injuries after their plane crash-landed between the bridges on Joseph Sylvia State Beach on Saturday night.

Jean Dupon, 67, and Susan King, 45, both of Edgartown, were treated and released from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, state police trooper David Parent confirmed.

The single-engine Piper aircraft was pointed out to sea, propeller blades slightly bent, no undercarriage evident, with obvious damage under the fuselage but otherwise remarkably intact on state beach on Sunday.

Cause Determined In 2008 Plane Crash

The long investigation into the cause of the September 2008 plane crash which took the life of Cape Air pilot and Vineyard Haven resident David D. Willey is over, its findings summarized in two words: “spatial disorientation.”

Cape Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing

A Cape Air flight bound from Boston to the Vineyard on Saturday evening was forced to make an emergency landing at the Barnstable Municipal Airport when the landing gear malfunctioned.

None of the seven people on board the twin-engine Cessna 402 were injured.

The pilot, John Call, 32, of Marshfield, was on approach to the Vineyard airport around 7:15 p.m. when a warning light indicated the landing gear in the nose was malfunctioning, Martha’s Vineyard Airport manager Sean Flynn said.

Bog Jam: Island-Bound Pilot Saves the Day

A single-engine Cessna headed towards the Vineyard from New Hampshire crash-landed in a cranberry bog near Buzzards Bay on Sunday after the plane experienced engine problems and the pilot attempted an emergency landing. Although the plane was seriously damaged, all four people on board escaped without serious injuries.