Airplane crashes in Berkshire County since 1987, from The Eagle's files:

  • April 10, 1987, North Adams — Robert C. Sprague Jr. was killed when his plane failed to negotiate the landing approach to Harriman and West Airport, hit trees and burst into flames on the ground.
  • Sept. 17, 1988, Adams — Two died when their Cessna crashed on Mount Fitch, just below the summit of Mount Greylock.
  • March 25, 1989, Pittsfield — Four foreign students died when their single-engine plane crashed in Pittsfield State Forest.
  • Nov. 16, 1989, North Adams — Two died in a helicopter crash at Harriman and West Airport.
  • Jan. 18, 1990, Egremont — The pilot and a passenger were killed and four other passengers injured when the single-engine plane crashed after taking off from Great Barrington Airport.
  • July 25, 1990, Great Barrington — A Monterey man died in his single-engine plane after taking off from the Great Barrington Airport and crashed in a nearby clearing. His son was injured.
  • April 7, 1991, Great Barrington — A pilot died after his single-engine plane crashed taking off from the Great Barrington Airport.
  • Aug. 4, 1994, Williamstown — A pilot was killed when his plane crashed in a field off Stratton Road after taking off from Harriman and West Airport in North Adams.
  • June 18, 1995, Pittsfield — A Housatonic man died when the home-built motor glider he was flying around Pittsfield Municipal Airport crashed into a tree in the woods off South Mountain Road.
  • Aug. 28, 1997, Hancock — A Richmond man was killed when his plane crashed into a mountainside in Bates Memorial State Park in Hancock.
  • Sept. 27, 1997, Pittsfield — A passenger was killed in a helicopter crash near Pittsfield Municipal Airport.
  • Oct. 1, 1997, Great Barrington — A plane crash-landed in an open field off Route 23. No fatalities.
  • June 3, 1998, Dalton — A plane crashed on North Mountain killing three.
  • Aug. 2, 1998, Worthington — Two died when their plane crashed a half-mile from the Sevenars Music Festival.
  • Sept. 12, 1999, North Adams — Two pilots were killed when their planes collided during a fly-over demonstration at an air show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Harriman-West Airport.
  • Oct. 5, 1999, Williamstown — A plane crashed into a mountainside along the New York state border after taking off from the Harriman-West Airport in North Adams, killing two.
  • May 31, 2000, Great Barrington — Attempting to land his plane at the Great Barrington Airport, the pilot overshot the runway and crashed into a pile of trees about 100 yards west of the airport. No injuries.
  • April 28, 2001, Great Barrington — A pilot overshot the end of the Great Barrington Airport in his brand new homemade, single-engine two-seater plane. No injuries.
  • March 2, 2003, Great Barrington — A single-engine plane carrying a family of seven crashed at Beartown State Forest, killing three and stranding four for 15 hours in frigid temperatures. The pilot, Ronald Ferris, one of the four survivors, died after being rescued. Killed in the crash were Ferris' wife, Tayne, 36, and two of their sons, Kyle, 12, and Shawn, 6. Survivors were three other sons, Tyler, 10, Jordan, 5, and Ryan, 2. All three suffered trauma and hypothermia.
  • June 19, 2003, Tyringham — A pilot crashed his plane during an approach. An autopsy revealed that the pilot suffered a heart attack just before the plane went down.
  • March 25, 2004, Pittsfield — A pilot was killed when his 1976 Mitsubishi MU-2B-36 twin-engine turboprop crashed into an open field off Merrill Road. The pilot was the plane's lone occupant.
  • July 9, 2007, Tyringham — A pilot and passenger were killed when the single-engine Piper PA-32 they were flying in crashed during a thunderstorm.