Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

The plane crashed 40 years ago; now its Minnesota pilot is getting a memorial

Author:

Family members of a Minnesota pilot whose plane went down in a New York state park in 1974 are heading to the site this weekend.

A memorial plaque and garden will be dedicated Saturday at the site near Stony Point, where a Northwest Airlines 727 flown by Capt. John Lagorio and two other crew members crashed, the North Rockland Daily Voice reports.

[googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d768239.3795696426!2d-74.65309119215128!3d41.22318527917778!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x89c2db9626d48649%3A0xc37dc32e60d554c1!2s119+St+Johns+Rd%2C+Stony+Point%2C+NY+10980!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1446699601001&w=240&h=240]

The charter flight had left New York's Kennedy Airport on Dec. 1 to pick up the Baltimore Colts football team after their game in Buffalo. So its only occupants were Lagorio, a 35-year-old from Edina, and his first and second officers, both of whom were from Seattle.

The National Transportation Safety Board later concluded in its accident report that the airplane's speed indicator had iced up, leading the crew to slow down until the plane went into a spin and fell to the ground in Harriman State Park.

Scott Salotto, who often hikes through the area, tells Lohud.com that pieces of wreckage are still there. But nothing else is ... no plaque or memorial to mark the site where the plane's three crew members lost their lives.

Salotto, who works in the Rockland County executive's office set about changing that. And on Saturday a plaque and garden for the victims of the crash will be dedicated.

He told Lohud that when the crew members' families learned of the plan, "they were shocked that somebody remembered and somebody wanted to honor them."

Capt. Lagorio's widow, Catherine Christensen, told the site "There aren't words to express how I feel about it."

Christensen says she and Lagorio's two sons – both of them pilots – will be joined by other family members and friends for Saturday's event.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Post Bucks win, KAT says “I play with f****** passion”

Towns was asked how he controls his emotions on the court.

D'Angelo Russell

Wolves rebound with statement win against Bucks

D'Angelo Russell and the Timberwolves bounced back with a win over the defending champs.

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 7.08.20 PM

Train carrying ethanol derails in southern Minnesota

The State Fire Marshal has sent in experts to help with the situation.

ambulance

Motorcyclist dies a month after striking deer in Minnesota

The crash happened north of Mankato near the small town of Norseland.

fire pixabay stock

House explosion kills 1, severely injures another

Authorities described the home as "completely destroyed."

Kotyza-Witthuhn screengrab

Watch: MN lawmaker 'attacked' by giggling child during live hearing

This has to be the most adorable moment ever from a Commerce Finance and Policy Committee hearing, right?

Sloane Martin

Sloane Martin leaving WCCO Radio for bigger role with Big Ten Network

Martin has been a staple at WCCO Radio since Election Day 2016.

Flickr - Xcel Energy truck - Tony Webster

Xcel Energy wants to raise MN customers' electricity rates

If approved, rates go up by an average of $18.50 a month for customers.

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 1.11.05 PM

MPD chief 'confident' officers will still show up after Question 2 vote

Arradondo held a press conference Wednesday in which he urged for a 'No' vote.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Charges: Driver in fatal hit-and-run said he thought he hit dog or sign

The crash killed a 56-year-old Blaine woman who had been out walking her dog.

vaccine, covid

Here is Minnesota's plan to vaccinate kids 5-11 against COVID-19

The plan includes hosting vaccination clinics at schools across the state.

Mounds View PD missing 12yo Riddley

12-year-old Twin Cities boy has been missing for 4 days

Police are asking for the public's help locating the child,

Related

plane, Piper PA-32

Pilot killed in small plane crash in southwestern Minnesota

The crash happened just after 7 a.m. Sunday.