Mobile, AL Air Force Planes Collide, Apr 1952
14 BODIES ARE TAKEN FROM PLANE WRECKAGE.
15 PERSONS KILLED IN COLLISION OF AIR FORCE PLANE OVER MOBILE.
Mobile, Ala., (AP) -- The bodies of 14 of the 15 men and women killed in a collision of two Air Force planes over Mobile had been recovered Saturday.
Workers were still digging through the wreckage of a giant C-124 in search of the fifteenth victim. Bodies of all nine persons reported aboard a C-47 had been found.
Two of the dead found in the C-47 rubble were women. One was a small child. Air Force officials said names of none of the persons would be released until all had been identified.
The planes crashed to the ground a half mile apart in the worst air disaster in Mobile's history Friday night.
Workers at the C-47 crash site had been hampered by dense undergrowth in the swampy region where the plane fell. Large nests of water mocassins were reported a hindrance.
Both planes were stationed at Brookley Field. Military authorities said no identifications would be released until next of kin had been notified.
The accident occurred shortly after dark night in North Mobile near the heart of the industrial and transportation center.
The wreckage of the C-47, originally believed locked with the blazing inferno of the C-124, was discovered by a search plane this morning a half-mile away in swamplands near the city dump.
The crash was heard throughout the Mobile and Prichard areas. Leaping flames were visible for several miles.
The Globemaster smashed upside down into a dozen boxcars, standing on a Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad siding, igniting them immediately.
Fort Pierce News Tribune Florida 1952-04-06
C-47 IN ALABAMA COLLISION WAS ON MERCY FLIGHT.
Mobile, Ala., April 6 (UP) -- One of the two Air Force transports wrecked over Mobile Friday night in a tragic collision that claimed 15 lives was a mercy plane ordered aloft in the hope of saving an 8-week-old infant's life, the AF announced yesterday.
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