March 17 - 1977: Huge oil spill threatens Cape's economy

2000: Corporate jet overshoots runway on St. Pat's day. 2007: Cape Cod gets a new smell
A week after the 2000 crash, the Falcon jet was picked up by cranes and placed on a specially built 50-foot hydraulic trailer and taken back to the airport where its engines and wings were dismantled. The plane was then trucked to Illinois for repairs.

1977: Oil on beaches from Provincetown to Chatham

Mystery where the oil came from

On this day in 1977 the New York Times reported the endless efforts for Cape Codders to clean up a huge oil spill which was still washing up on our beaches and threatening to hurt the season's tourist-driven revenues which account for over half of the Cape's annual business.

Cape Cod Battles Pellets of Oil on Beach", and tells the story of the crews that walked the beaches of Wellfleet removing "raisin size pellets" of oil.

The New York Times story read, "Nobody knows where the wads of oil came from. Officials say that they have never seen anything like them before. They just know that the balls wash in from the sea and are devilishly hard to clean up."

"You wouldn't need any suntan oil with this stuff around," the crew's foreman told the Times

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2000: $25M plane overshoots icy runway, ends up across Rte 28 in a parking lot

1,200 gallons of fuel leaked into storm drains and then into Hyannis Harbor

On this day in 2000, a corporate jet (shown above on left) overshot a runway at Barnstable Municipal Airport early in the evening of an icy and windswept St. Patrick's Day, sideswiped vehicles on Route 28 and ended up in a parking lot across the street from the airport.

No one on the plane or ground was injured, though two people in a car nearly struck by the Falcon 9000 jet were taken to Cape Cod Hospital as a precaution.

After coming to a stop in the T.J. Maxx Plaza parking lot, the plane spilled an estimated 1,000 to 1,200 gallons of fuel that leaked into storm drains and eventually into Hyannis Harbor. The wing tanks and fuselage of the jet were damaged when it ripped through a chain-link fence at the perimeter of the airport.

The plane was carrying a single passenger, an executive with BP-Amoco identified in news reports as Rodney Chase of Chatham.

A passenger in a car sideswiped by the chain-link fence dragged behind the plane, William King of Bridgewater, survived kamikaze attacks on the aircraft carrier Bunker Hill during World War II - only to nearly perish from a plane skidding off a runway back home in the US.

The $25 million corporate jet was heavily damaged, but miraculously no one in the plane or on the ground was injured in the mishap all though it ripped through 600 feet of chain link fence.

2007: Now you can smell like Cape Cod

But the new scent 'Escape to Cape Cod with Tommy Hilfiger'
gets the lighthouse wrong


Escape to Cape Cod For Him is made from sea air accord, wild bergamot, juicy mandarin, spearmint leaves, seaweed, lavender and salty sea driftwood.

Escape to Cape Cod For Her is made from Nantucket cranberry, strawberry rhubarb, lemon-lime spritzer, beach roses, magnolia, indigenous Cape Cod wildflowers and cedar. Imagine wearing this fresh scent on sun soaked skin.

Too bad they didn't get the lighthouse right. The one shown is either the one on Cape Hatteras or Assetaquag Island. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on