Out & About: Remembering the Deadliest Plane Crash in N.H.

  • The scene of the 1968 plane crash on Moose Mountain in Hanover. (Courtesy of Jeff Rapsis)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

West Lebanon — Nearly 50 years ago, 32 people died in New Hampshire’s deadliest plane crash on Oct. 25, 1968.

“It was a really big story when it happened,” said Jeff Rapsis, whose father, John Rapsis, piloted the plane and was killed in the crash. Rapsis is the executive director of the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, which is located in Londonderry.

This Saturday, the public is invited to a presentation about the accident and a hike to the crash site. The free event begins with a historical presentation and light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Granite Air Center at the Lebanon Municipal Airport in West Lebanon. Then there will be a group hike on the Appalachian Trail to the Northeast Airlines accident site on Moose Mountain in Hanover.

Rapsis said the event “will be of interest to history buffs, people interested in aviation, people interested in safety issues.” Those who aren’t up for the hike can attend the morning program. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome on the hike. For more information or to register, contact Rapsis at jrapsis@nhahs.org or 603-236-9237.

— Liz Sauchelli