12/28/14 216 W, 1 I - + 9 - 5 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:

As the daughter to one of the men on board this is the first time seeing pictures of the plane. I think about my dad every day and how proud of him I am.The few memories that I have of him are all great ones.
Teresa Terrien Bridges - 07/22/18 - 10:31

My family ate lunch at a downtown cafeteria that Sunday. The soldiers were in dress uniforms at a nearby table and were enjoying food, fellowship, and the attention of all the moms in the room. Very sad evening when we saw the news on TV.
stuart george - 11/08/18 - 01:51

I was working that day in the general aviation office when the Officer came in to wait for the plane. I remember him clearly rushing out to board.
When the crash happened myself and the other workers rushed out and jumped in a truck and raced to the accident, but it was nothing we could do.
It was a very sad day.
sidney matlock (Email) - 11/26/19 - 01:01

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