Bardstown, KY Private Plane Crash (Hit Buzzard), Mar 1948
BUZZARD BLAMED IN PLANE CRASH AS FIVE PERISH.
Bardstown, Ky., March 27 -- (AP) -- A plane crash believed caused by a buzzard took the lives of five Nashville, Tenn., residents near here today.
The privately-owned plane was scattered over a considerable area after the crash. All the bodies were badly mutilated.
Eyewitnesses said the plane apparently struck a buzzard, breaking one of the propeller blades. The Civil Aeronautics Administration at Louisville said if the plane flew into a buzzard, it would be possible for the craft to vibrate apart before the pilot could stop the engine. The CAA sent Inspector C. H. Driver to the scene.
The victims, all of Nashville, Tenn., were identified by Nelson County Sheriff Tom Shields as:
JOSEPH MARTIN WEST, 39, Nashville motorcycle patrolman.
MRS. MARGARET WEST, 39, his wife.
PAUL W. BENDERLY, about 27, first officer and co-pilot for American Airlines.
MRS. ATHA BENDERLY, 25, his wife.
PAUL W. BENDERLY, JR., their. eight-months old son.
Cumberland Times Maryland 1948-03-28