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Footage From the Moose Mountain Plane Crash, 50 Years Ago Today

  • A screenshot from a video of the October 25, 1968, rescue and removal operation on Moose Mountain in Hanover after the crash of Northeast Airlines Flight 946. The original 24 minutes of footage was provided to former Valley News sports editor Donald Mahler when he wrote a series of stories marking the 40th anniversary of the disaster.

  • Jeff Rapsis, executive director of the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, middle, John Rapsis, of Falls Church, Va., left, and Jason Rapsis, of Deerfield, N.H., second from left, convened a group of hikers Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 for a toast of port wine, poured by Chris Spencer, of Londonderry, N.H., right, on Moose Mountain in Hanover, N.H., to commemorate the October 1968 crash of Northeast Airlines Flight 946. John A. Rapsis, father of the three brothers, was the pilot of the flight and was one of 32 killed in the crash near the south peak of the mountain. The hike to the site of the crash was part of a program organized by Jeff Rapsis that included a morning lecture at the Lebanon Airport on the flight and the rescue and recovery effort. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Here is a compilation of scenes of the October 25, 1968, rescue and removal operation on Moose Mountain in Hanover after the crash of Northeast Airlines Flight 946. The original 24 minutes of footage was provided to former Valley News sports editor Donald Mahler when he wrote a series of stories marking the 40th anniversary of the disaster.

Ahead of today’s 50th anniversary, a group of about 40 people hiked to the crash site earlier this month. That story prompted readers to share their memories of the tragedy