07/08/06 75 W - + 10 - 13 Military Air Crashes


Military air crashes have occurred for decades around Wake County, ranging from the Army Air Corps B-17 that crashed in the woods in Garner, killing two of the ten crew members on May 9, 1944, to the Navy F/A-18 that exploded on take-off at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on March 26, 2004. However, nothing's come close to the scope of this incident near Goldsboro on January 24, 1961, the story of which I stumbled across on the web.



For civilian and commercial air accidents, this NTSB database (http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/query.asp) is pretty cool. It covers 1962 to present. Quickly searching on Wake County cities and towns, I get these results:

Apex – 18 crashes – 8 fatalities
Cary – 3 crashes – 14 fatalities
Garner – 4 crashes – 4 fatalities
Fuquay-Varina – 9 crashes – 3 fatalities
Holly Springs – 5 crashes – 1 fatality
Knightdale – 21 crashes – 3 fatalities
Morrisville – 30 crashes – 31 fatalities
Raleigh (includes Raleigh-Durham) – 66 crashes – 28 fatalities
Wake Forest – 2 crashes – 1 fatality
Wendell – 4 crashes
Zebulon – 1 crash
Legeros - 07/11/06 - 04:41

Statewide, over 2,500 incidents are recorded in the database, with 499 involving fatalities. The greatest loss of the life appears to be the 1967 midair collison over Hendersonville that took 82 lives. Here’s an interesting site about that crash that I found the other month: http://www.goupstate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/s..
Legeros - 07/11/06 - 04:46

Wake’s worst crashes were Morrisville in 1996 (15 people), Cary (RDU) in 1998 (12 people), and a couple occasions where five people were killed each in private plane crashes.
Legeros - 07/11/06 - 04:51



  
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