Lafayette, IN Private Plane Crash, Oct 1951

THREE DIE IN AIRPLANE CRASH NEAR LAFAYETTE.

TWO OTHERS SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN PRIVATE PLANE STRIKES TREE AND EXPLODES IN FIELD.

Lafayette, Ind. (AP) -- Three persons were killed early Sunday and four others hurt, two seriously, when their private airplane struck a tree, crashed and exploded in a soybean field near here.
State police identified the dead as KENNETH AUGUST of Lafayette, the pilot; DR. THOMAS GRAHAM, also of Lafayette, and CECIL CLARK, Crawfordsville, Ind.
All were burned to death in the wreckage of their twin-engine Lockheed "Loadstar," authorities said. CLARK was thrown out of the plane when it hit the ground and died in St. Elizabeth hospital about six hours later.
Injured seriously with burns and cuts were JAMES and GEORGE PRICE, Lafayette, brothers and president and vice-president respectively, of National Homes, Inc. manufacturers of prefabricatead homes; RALPH SHURMAYER of Fort Wayne, Ind., and KARL KETTELHUT, of Lafayette. The latter was released after first-aid treatment.

Logansport Pharos Tribune Indiana 1951-10-08