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WWI-era plane crashes at American Heritage Museum

Stow, MA - September 17, 2023: A World War 1 fighter plane, resembling a 1918 Nieuport 28, lies upside down under a tarp after it crashed at the American Heritage Museum. (Chris Christoi/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald/TNS)
September 18, 2023

A pilot walked away after a WWI-era historic plane crash-landed at the American Heritage Museum during an airshow event Sunday morning, Stow officials reported.

Just after 11 a.m., the Stow Police and Fire departments received reports of a plane crash near Barton Road and the American Heritage Museum, according to a release.

At the scene, first responders found a WWI-era Nieuport 28 at the end of the runway flipped upside down, officials said.

The plane only had one occupant, the pilot, who removed himself before the officials arrived and did not report any injuries.

The preliminary investigation determined the single engine plane’s front landing gear had failed during the attempted landing, officials reported, causing the plane to flip over on its roof.

The American Heritage Museum, located in Hudson near Stow, features a range of military artifacts and demonstrations. The museum was in the midst of the World War I & Aviation weekend, which includes air show events, during the incident.

Hudson Police and Fire also responded to the scene, officials reported, and the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the incident and will investigate further. A museum official said Sunday afternoon the expect the FAA to arrive and investigate by Monday.


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