Gulf of Mexico, FL Coast Guard Plane Crash, Mar 1967

COAST GUARD PLANE FEARED LOST IN GULF.

St. Petersburg, Fla., (UPI) -- The Coast Guard said today one of its planes is missing with six men aboard and is believed to have crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.
A second Coast Guard aircraft, two cutters and a patrol boat searched for the missing plane. The Coast Guard also asked all ships to aid in the search.
A Coast Guard spokesman described visibility in the search area as "absolute zero."
Fog covered much of the northeast Gulf and northwest Florida Panhandle during the night.
The Coast Guard said the plane, a Grumman amphibian HU1240, received a distress call from a 40-foot sports fisherman, the Flying Fish, about 9 p.m. Sunday. The ship was taking on water near the Carrabelle sea buoy, offshore of Carrabelle, Fla.
The aircraft located the boat in the fog and dropped emergency pumps to it.
C. L. Lundy, Biloxi, Miss., captain of the Flying Fish, reported to the Coast Guard that soon after the aircraft dropped the pumps he heard a "loud crash." Nothing was seen because of the fog.

Star News Pasadena California 1967-03-06

Casualties Of the Aircraft.
Lt. CLIFFORD E. HANNA.
LT (jg) CHARLES F. SHAW.
AD1 RALPH H. STUDSTILL.
AT1 ECKLEY M. POWLUS, JR.
AT2 JAMES B. THOMPSON.
AE3 ARTHUR L. WILSON.