Mount Success, Douglas DC-3 Plane Crash

Appalachian Trail - Crash site of Northeast Airlines Flight 792 on Mount Success in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This was a Douglas DC-3 Plane, which crashed on November 30, 1954. Seven people on-board survived the initial crash, but two later died from injuries while waiting to be rescued.
Mount Success – Douglas DC-3 Plane Crash Site
 

Mount Success, Douglas DC-3 Plane Crash – On November 30, 1954, Northeast Airlines Flight 792, encountered snow squalls, reducing visibility to zero, during its flight to Berlin, New Hampshire. The plane continued on and while trying to navigate only by instruments to the Berlin Airport it crashed into the southern slope of Mount Success (3,565 feet) in the Mahoosuc Range of the New Hampshire White Mountains.

The flight originated at Boston, Massachusetts, and was bound for Berlin, New Hampshire, with stops at Concord and Laconia, New Hampshire. On board the twin-engine Douglas DC-3 plane was a crew of four and three passengers.

Appalachian Trail - Crash site of Northeast Airlines Flight 792 on Mount Success in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This was a Douglas DC-3 Plane, which crashed on November 30, 1954. Seven people on-board survived the initial crash, but two later died from injuries while waiting to be rescued.
Mount Success – Douglas DC-3 Plane Crash Site
 

Just before crashing into the side of the mountain, pilot Peter Carey was able to pull the nose of the plane up enough to avoid crashing into the mountain head on, and his actions resulted in the plane landing on its belly. All seven people onboard survived the initial crash, but while waiting to be rescued two crew members died from injuries that they sustained in the crash. Poor weather conditions made search and rescue efforts difficult, and the remaining five survivors were not rescued until the plane wreckage was located on December 2, 1954.

Appalachian Trail - Crash site of Northeast Airlines Flight 792 on Mount Success in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This was a Douglas DC-3 Plane, which crashed on November 30, 1954. Seven people on-board survived the initial crash, but two later died from injuries while waiting to be rescued.
Douglas DC-3 Plane Crash – Signatures dating back to the 60's
 

Today, the crash site and wreckage of Northeast Airlines Flight 792 can still be found just off the Appalachian Trail, along the Appalachian Trail corridor boundary, near the summit of Mount Success. Numerous pieces of the plane and a large section of fuselage remain at the site. Some who visit the wreckage leave their mark on the fuselage, and a few signatures date back to the 1960s. And if you are wondering I did not sign the fuselage.

Appalachian Trail - Crash site of Northeast Airlines Flight 792 on Mount Success in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This was a Douglas DC-3 Plane, which crashed on November 30, 1954. Seven people on-board survived the initial crash, but two later died from injuries while waiting to be rescued.
Mount Success – Douglas DC-3 Plane Crash Site
 

This crash site is a very special place where lives were lost. If you decide to visit it, please honor and respect it and do your part to keep the site preserved. Take only pictures, and keep in mind, this wreckage is on federal land, and it is illegal to remove any artifact from federal land.

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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9 Responses to “Mount Success, Douglas DC-3 Plane Crash”

  1. Daniel

    after my dad died, I was going through some of his papers and found a letter of thank you from the airlines. Evidently my dad and other men from Gorham organized a search and rescue team. I was 7 years old, at the time. It was an US Army helicopter that eventually located and rescued the plane and its survivors. 

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    • Erin Paul Donovan

      Hi Daniel,

      I bet you were surprised to learn your Dad was involved with search and rescue operations. Amazing how many people were involved with this crash. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Bob

    My brother in law worked at this site on salvage operations for a fellow from New York who had purchased the usable items from the owners. He lived just a short distance away in Gorham, N.H.

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    • Mark webb

      That gentleman from New York that purchase the wreckage was my father Lloyd a Webb

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      • Bob

        I met Lloyd a couple of times because of Donald (who always spoke highly of him) and probably may have met you also Mark although it had to have been many years back. Sounds like rather extreme conditions to be wandering around on a mountain, glad I was not part of it !

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    • Mark webb

      Great note that brings back lots of memories and stories that my dad told us, the man from NY that your brother-in-law referenced!

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