Air Crash Report
Stirs Search in Montgomery
crews searched a wide area of Upper Montgomery County today after a report
that a plane had crashed.
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.
commercial or military planes were reported missing, officials in Washington
on the crash was made by Mrs. Mary Davis, who lives on a farm on Brighton Dam
Road, police said.
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."
of the crash came about the same time that a gas company crew was cleaning
out a main near the dam.
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.
police departments in the area dispatched equipment to the scene immediately.
The vehicles soon clogged the roads near the dam.
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.
forms Triadelphia Lake and is on the Montgomery-Howard County line.
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
blow-offs make a terrific noise," the spokesman said.
was in the general area of Mrs. Davis' home.
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
Ashton Latitude 39-08-57 N,
Longitude 77-00-46 W (D-M-S)
Reservoir Latitude 39-11-34 N,
Longitude 77-00-20 W
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
Dam Latitude 39-12-00 N,
Longitude 77-01-00 W (D-M-S)