According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there have been 913 aircraft accidents in Maine over the past 50 years, not including the one Friday at Owls Head. Friday’s plane crash is the 10th aircraft accident in Maine in 2012 and the second such accident this year that has been fatal.
A publicly accessible NTSB online database indicates that of those 913 accidents that have occurred in Maine since 1962, 133 of them have been fatal. In those 133 fatal accidents, a total of 268 people have died.
Maine ranks seventh out of 11 states in the Northeast for number of plane crashes since the early 1960s, according to the NTSB database. Crashes listed in the database go back to 1962, 1963 or 1964, depending on the state.
Of those 11 states, New York has had the most airplane crashes with 4,487 since 1962. Massachusetts has had the most aircraft accidents in New England, with 2,001 since 1963.
Friday’s accident at Owls Head is the deadliest aircraft accident in Maine since June 22, 2006, when an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet orientation flight crashed into a mountainside near the Sunday River ski area in Newry, Maine. Four people died in that crash — the instructor and three students from Lewiston High School.
Since 1972, there have been 15 accidents at Knox County Regional Airport, not including the one Friday, according to the NTSB database. Three of those accidents have been fatal, resulting in the deaths of a total of 20 people. One of those accidents was the deadliest in Maine aviation history, when 17 people died on May 30, 1979, as a plane flying in from Boston crashed as it was making its final approach for landing.