Belleville, IL Plane Crashes Into Houses, Oct 1952

PLANE FALLS AMID HOUSES IN BELLEVILLE.

PILOT IS KILLED, WRECKAGE SCATTERED OVER 200-YARD AREA.

By Associated Press.
Belleville -- A single engine fighter plane crashed between two houses here today, killing the pilot and scattering the fusilage over a 200-yard area.
The plane, a P-51, was from nearby Scott Air Base. Residents reported the crash sounded like the plane exploded in air, but Scott Field Air Force officials said cause of the accident had not been fixed.
Name of the pilot was withheld.
The plane's engine sheared a telephone pole, cut light wires and came to rest between two houses. Part of the tail assembly landed 200 yards away. Another piece of the plane hit an oil truck delivering fuel oil to a home. The truck cab was crushed but the driver was unhurt.
Air Force immediately roped off the area from civilians.
The crash occurred at 80th and Main Street in a new residential district, about noon.
The plane was heavily loaded with 50 calibre ammunition which scattered over the area.
Frank Skinner of Belleville said the plane sounded like it went into a dive. Skinner was in his car and saw the explosion.
The pilot was decapitated. His body, strapped in the seat was found across the street from the plane's wreckage. His helmet was found two blocks away.
None of the area residents was injured.

Mt. Vernon Register News Illinois 1952-10-17