Pesticide clean up in Eagle Lake, 1979

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


In June of 1979 this aircraft crashed into Eagle Lake. Members of Maine's Department of Conservation and Environmental Protection are hooking up a hose to off-load some 700 gallons of Sevin-4 into 55 gallon drums onshore.

Though the pilots of the plane were uninjured, close to 100 gallons of the pesticide was released into Eagle Lake in the accident. The plane was involved in Spruce budworm spraying.

The United Press International caption attached to the photo identified the plane as a C-47. However, it probably is a DC-4/C-54.

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  • Title: Pesticide clean up in Eagle Lake, 1979
  • Creator: United Press International
  • Creation Date: 1979
  • Subject Date: 1979
  • Location: Eagle Lake, Piscataquis County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 26 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1880, Box 1/4
  • Collection: United Press International collection
  • Object Type: Image

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