Stratford, CT Charter Plane Crashes, Apr 1994


Stratford, Conn. (AP) -- A charter plane bringing a group of people back from a day trip to Atlantic City, N.J., crashed while landing in the fog and dark, killing seven and critically injuring two others.
The plane crashed into a fence at the end of the runway late Wednesday and burst into flames, officials said. Wreckage was scattered on the runway at Sikorsky Airport and a nearby street.
The survivors were badly burned, said airport manager John Ricci. The two men were in critical condition early this morning, a Bridgeport Hospital spokeswoman said.
The airport's control tower was closed and the plane was trying to make a visual landing in foggy weather that had cut visibility to almost zero, Ricci said. But he was unsure if the crash was caused by the fog.
Ricci said it was unclear if the plane overshot the runway or had aborted a landing and was trying to take off again. Federal investigators were at the scene early this morning serarching for clues.
The plane, a twin-engine Navajo owned by Action Air of New London, was on a private charter flight, officials said. It was returning Connecticut residents home from a day trip to Atlantic City, said Dennis Piscitello, general manager of the company.

Altoona Mirror Pennsylvania 1994-04-28

Casualties of the Crash:
BRIAN J. DARCY, 33, pilot, Groton, Conn.
JOSEPH WILLIAMS, 41, New Haven, Conn.
EDWIN B. GLOVASKI, 76, Bridgeport, Conn.
REGINA GLOVASKI, 70, Bridgeport, Conn., his wife.
THOMAS GLOVASKI, 45, Trumbull, Conn., their son.
PATRICK AURORA, 66, Bridgeport, Conn.
THELMA STEVENS, 66, East Hampton, Conn.
SANDRA NOACK, 41, East Hampton, Conn., her daughter.
PAUL HAGOPIAN, 37, Mystic, Conn.