1928 Plane Crash in the Town of Root Claimed Three Lives

This article originally appeared on the Daily Gazette website on October 5, 2018.

WGY radio in Schenectady, which had been on the air for just under six years, broadcast an urgent appeal sometime after 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, 1928.

A new Fairchild monoplane was overdue on a flight to Buffalo.Telephone calls came in from radio listeners who had heard an airplane in distress about 3 p.m. near Rural Grove in the town of Root, on the south side of the Mohawk River between Fultonville and Canajoharie. A Mrs. Quackenbush reported she heard a crash and was convinced the plane had fallen.

The large single-engine craft, piloted by air veteran Raymond Henries, had flown from Mineola on Long Island to Albany earlier that day.  Despite fog, Henries and two passengers had taken off at 2 p.m. for Buffalo from the then Albany Airport on Westerlo Island in the Hudson River. Read more...