Quincy, IL Planes Collide On Runway, Nov 1996
TWO PLANES COLLIDE ON RUNWAY; 14 KILLED.
ACCIDENT TOOK PLACE AT QUINCY'S BALDWIN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, WHICH HAS NO CONTROL TOWER TO GUIDE PILOTS, WHEN A COMMUTER PLANE HAD JUST LANDED AND A SMALL PRIVATE PLANE WAS ABOUT TO TAKE OFF.
Quincy, Ill., (AP) -- The charred bodies of 14 people were left overnight in the mangled wreckage of two planes that collided in a fireball at a small airport with no control tower.
The United Express commuter plane had just landed Tuesday night when it collided on the runway with a small private plane that was about to take off.
All 14 people aboard the planes were killed: the 10 passengers and two crew members aboard the commuter flight and the two people on the smaller plane.
The bodies would not be moved until after investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived today, Adams County Coroner Chris Boyer said.
"It's now a tangled mass of wreckage that is all burned," he said.
The only recognizable part of either aircraft was the tail section of the larger plane, tilted and doused by foam and water.
"I never did make out the other plane," fire-fighter David Douglas said.
Quincy's Baldwin Municipal Airport has no control tower to guide pilots, who must communicate with each other on an open radio frequency, airport manager David Smith said.
The incoming plane was a United Express Beech 1900 that had originated in Chicago and stopped in Burlington, Iowa, before heading to Quincy. It was to return to Quincy.
United Airlines licenses the name United Express and helps coordinate scheduling for several regional carriers, including Bloomington, Minn., based Great Lakes Aviation, which operated the flight.
The private plane, a King Air 90, was from the St. Louis area, but it was not immediately known where it was headed.
Mike Coultas, a private pilot, said he was driving to the airport at the time of the crash.
"I kept thinking to myself I can't believe this aircraft on Runway 4 does not see the other aircraft," he said.
Coultas said he saw the two planes collide at the intersection of two runways and burst "into a ball of flames."
Skies were overcast at the time of the crash, but visibility was 10 miles. The temperature was in the mid-30s and the wind was light.
Thick black smoke could be seen from 10 miles away, firefighter Darren Smith said.
Logansport Pharos Tribune Indiana 1996-11-20
A list of passengers and crew members killed aboard United Express Flight 5925-5926 in its collision with a private plane Tuesday. The information was compiled from airline and other sources, such as employers and relatives. Identities of the two people aboard the private plane were unavailable Wednesday.
LARRY DOWNING, 57, Palatine. A general vice president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Worked in Des Plaines.
JAMES BEVILLE, 50, President of Dialectric Communications in Raymond, Maine.
MARK DeSALLE, Raymond, Maine. Vice president for finance iof Dialectric Communications in Raymond, Maine.
MIKE BRUECK, Burlington, Iowa. Production manager at Tuthill Corp.'s Murray Turbomachinery Division, Burlington.
LEONARD CARLSON, Wever, Iowa. Manufacturing engineer at Tuthill Corp.'s Murray Turbomachinery Division, Burlington.
WILLIAM JOHNSON, Danville, Iowa. Machine specialist for Tuthill Corp.'s Murray Turbomachinery Division, Burlington.
DEBORAH HEFFELBOWER, Burlington, Iowa.
DENNIS REED, 37, Cincinnati. Director of international programs for the Harris Corp. Broadcast Division, based in Quincy. Worked out of Florence, Ky.
EDWARD SCHNEGGENBURGER, Williamsville, N.Y.
KATHERINE GATHJE, captain, from Rochester, Minn., and based in Quincy.
DARIN McCOMBS, first officer, based in Quincy.