Classic 1976 audio after a plane crashed into the upper deck of Memorial Stadium hitting a cop after Colts game

Epaddon writes, "Just ten minutes after the Baltimore Colts 1976 season came to an end with a lopsided 40-14 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Memorial Stadium (aka 'The World’s Largest Outdoor Insane Asylum'), a small private plane crashed into the upper deck of the stadium. Fortunately the stadium was by this point largely empty of spectators. The pilot, an unstable individual named Donald Kroner, was unhurt."

Here is how the crash was reported during the Colts Radio Network postgame show. Heard are Tom Davis, longtime Colts and Orioles voice Chuck Thompson, and Colts legend Art Donovan.



Baltimore City Police Department Officer Joe Scacco was hit by the plane and survived. He was one of three police officers injured. Sacco spent more than a month in the hospital and was retired on disability about four years later.

Kroner served three months of a two-year sentence for malicious destruction of property and violation of aviation ordinances.

Kroner had been arrested prior to the Stadium incident for making threats against former Colt Bill Pellington. This included Kroner being accused of dropping a bottle and toilet paper from his plane onto the roof of Pellington’s Timonium restaurant. According to news reports, Kroner was upset over being thrown out of the restaurant.

Kroner had been fired as an MTA bus driver the day before the crash. He also had been a flight instructor and, according to some accounts, had worked as an air traffic controller. In 1980 Kroner was charged with stealing a Greyhound bus from Dulles International Airport.

Kroner died in 2013.

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