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1954 - Plane Crash-lands, Burns in Conn.

PRESTON, Conn., Aug. 3 - (INS) - A skillful, heroic Air France pilot brought 37 persons, 29 of them passengers, to safety Tuesday when he crash-landed a transatlantic Super-Constellation in a potato field after running out of fuel when blocked by rain and fog from landing in New York.

Pilot Jean Caboche, ironically, was the most seriously injured among the score hurt when the four-engine plane from Paris crashed and burst into flames. He suffered a leg fractur.

Among the other slightly injured were members of the crew of eight and the passengers, which included two babies.

One of the babies was 4-week-old Cherill Eighanian, of Munich, German, being taken by her mother, Mouhir, to Boston Children's Hospital for a brain operation.

Caboche had reached New York on schedule from Shannon, Ireland. Unable to come in because of fog, he circled Idelwild Airport for nearly an hour. Then, with fuel running low, he started on a desperate dash for Hartford or Boston. But his fuel tanks began to run dry.

Roaring out of the rain soaked skies, Caboche skimmed the top of the farmhouse of Valentine Sebastian, hit the ground beyond, bounced in the air, brushed a tree and halted in the potato field with a deafening crash. The passengers and crew emptied the plane minutes before flames began to lick along the left wing.

The Milwaukee Sentinel
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 4, 1954

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