Friday, June 20, 2008

Pilot killed in Wiggins Airways Twin Otter accident

Pilot Mark ConwayJust after 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, a DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft operated by Wiggins Airways crashed on departure from Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA), Hyannis, MA. The pilot, identified as Mark Conway (pictured at right), was killed in the accident. No one else was aboard the cargo flight, which had been headed for Nantucket. Damage to the aircraft was "substantial," according to the FAA preliminary report about the accident.

A Cape Cod Times article about Wednesday's accident said:
Conway was killed yesterday when the cargo plane he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff. Witnesses told investigators the plane cleared the ground during takeoff shortly after 10 a.m., got about 200 feet in the air rolled and came straight down at the end of Runway 24, according to airport manager Quincy “Doc” Mosby.

The plane came to rest, its nose crumpled and tail broken on the runway, about 100 yards from Willow Street.
The Cape Cod Times article included news photos of the wreckage at the accident scene, showing the inverted aircraft where it crashed beside runway 24 at HYA.

Mark Conway, a native of Nantucket, had been flying since 1984. He began working for Wiggins Airways in 2007. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters. An article about Mark Conway's life can be found on the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror website.

Condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Mark Conway.

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