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Flight 46
  • Published
    June 6, 2019

    Memory remains of Flight 46

    I had to write my column about the crash of Downeast Airlines Flight 46 on a tight deadline last week to have it ready in time for the 40th anniversary. The twin-engine De Havilland Otter turbo jet plane crashed in Owls Head May 30, 1979, killing 17. After writing that column, I had a chance to interview John McCafferty, who was the only survivor of the crash. He was 16 at the time, is now 56 and lives in ...

  • Published
    May 29, 2019

    The crash of Flight 46

    It was 40 years ago today that one survivor crawled away from the wreckage of Downeast Airlines Flight 46 after it crashed in the trees in Owls Head, killing 17. John McCafferty, just 16 at the time, was the sole survivor of the plane crash, which was the worst civilian air disaster in Maine history. The twin-engine De Havilland Otter turbo jet plane crashed as its pilots attempted to land in dense fog at the ...

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