Go Back Report # 730


Air Crash Report Stirs Search in Montgomery         

       Rescue crews searched a wide area of Upper Montgomery County today after a report that a plane had crashed.

       A woman told police she saw a plane crash in Brighton Dam, 4 miles north of Ashton, around 11 a.m. But search parties—including planes—were unable to find any crash. State police called off their search after nearly two hours.

       No commercial or military planes were reported missing, officials in Washington said.

       The report on the crash was made by Mrs. Mary Davis, who lives on a farm on Brighton Dam Road, police said.

       "I was standing on my front porch and saw the plane go down in the water on the other side of a wooded cove," she said. "The water went 200 feet up in the air. I'd heard the plane circling overhead for 8 or 10 minutes. It was having motor trouble and sputtering."

       The report of the crash came about the same time that a gas company crew was cleaning out a main near the dam.

       Joe Hurley, a turbine operator at the dam owned by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, said the noise from the gas main work sounded “like a dynamite blast going off.”

       He said it also made a shrieking and whistling sound.

       Fire and police departments in the area dispatched equipment to the scene immediately. The vehicles soon clogged the roads near the dam.

       Maryland State police sent a helicopter, a light plane, and several patrol cars.

       Most of the rescue equipment was called back into service shortly before 1 p.m. But other crews stayed on a little longer, searching the fields along the mile-wide reservoir which services Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

       The dam forms Triadelphia Lake and is on the Montgomery-Howard County line.

       A spokesman for the Atlantic Seaboard Corp., a natural gas wholesale firm in Rockville, said work crews emptied a 20-inch cross-country gas line at 10:56 and 10:58 a.m. today.

       "These blow-offs make a terrific noise," the spokesman said.

       The work was in the general area of Mrs. Davis' home.                                                              

This reference: Newspaper clipping (Paper unknown), dated September 30, 1960. With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/ for sending it to me.

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           

North America – United States, Maryland, Montgomery County

Ashton                         Latitude 39-08-57 N, Longitude 77-00-46 W (D-M-S)

Triadelphia Reservoir   Latitude 39-11-34 N, Longitude 77-00-20 W

Rockville                       Latitude 39-05-02 N, Longitude 77-09-1 W

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington, D.C., 1990   

Brighton Dam               Latitude 39-12-00 N, Longitude 77-01-00 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/inventory/coop18.html  


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