12/28/14 216 W, 1 I - + 3 - 3 Seven Killed in Army Plane Crash in Greensboro, 1962


These images appeared in the May 1962 issue of Hose & Nozzle magazine, and depicted the scene of a military air crash from February, as well as the airport's scant firefighting equipment. The caption of the cover photo read "The recent crash of an Army aircraft at the Greensboro-High Point-Winston-Salem airport that cost the lives of seven men. A program is underway to get better fire protection at the airport."

The crash occurred on Sunday, February 4, 1962. Seven were killed when the C-47 transport crashed and exploded immediately after takeoff. The twin-engine plane apparently lost power about 150 feet off the ground, and plunged into a grassy area at the edge of the airport. The left wing struck first and its fuel tanks ignited. Two bodies were thrown clear of the flaming wreckage.

The plane was en route from McGuire AFB in New Jersey to its home field Elgin ALB in Florida. It landed in Greensboro about 4:00 p.m. to pick up an officer, and had previously stopped in Philadelphia. Source for the crash information is the Troy (NY) Times Record, February 5, 1962, via Google. See this prior posting about the airport's fire department in 1953. See Mike's database of other military air crashes in North Carolina. Click to enlarge:
 







  
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