Atlanta, GA Jet Crashes On Training Flight, May 1960
FOUR KILLED IN JET CRASH.
Atlanta (AP) -- A Convair 880, the nation's newest jet airliner, exploded and crashed on takeoff yesterday, killing the four crewmen who were taking it up on a training flight.
No one else was aboard the four-million-dollar gleaming white pride of Delta Airlines fleet.
Delta officials identified the victims as Capt. JAMES H. LONGINO, 41, College Park, Ga.; Capt. H. L. LAUBE, 45, College Park; First Officer BRYAN BOLT, Atlanta, and Capt. W. F. WILLIAMS, 50, Miami.
C. E. WOOLMAN, president of Delta, said there was no immediate explanation for the accident. The Civil Aeronautics Board is investigating.
Delta put the 600 m.p.h. plane into service only a week ago on routes between New York and Atlanta, New York and New Orleans and New York and Houston. It was scheduled to go into service between Atlanta and Dallas Sunday.
The sparkling swept-wing craft thundered down the runway and started to climb when it exploded and tumbled back into a clay embankment.
The Troy Record New York 1960-05-24