Southampton, MA Kennedy Plane Crash, June 1964
SEN. KENNEDY INJURED IN PLANE CRASH.
AIDE AND PILOT KILLED WHEN LIGHT CRAFT MEETS DISASTER AT MASSACHUSETTS AIRPORT.
Southampton, Mass. -- (UPI) -- Sen. EDWARD M. KENNEDY, suffered a broken back and two other men were killed when a light plane crashed Friday night in dense fog in an apple orchard.
KENNEDY was in fair condition at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in nearby Northampton.
Doctors said, "There are no head injuries and no neurological findings. He has complete use of his legs and hands."
Sen. BIRCH BAYH, D-Ind., and his wife, MARVELLA, who also were aboard the plane en route to the Massachusetts Democratic convention, were less seriously hurt. They were reported doing "extremely well."
Dr. Thomas Corriden, senior surgeon, said the 32-year-old KENNEDY "has improved considerably since admission and is resting comfortably. X-rays
show he has fractures of the fifth and sixth ribs on the left side and fractures of the second, third and fourth lumbar vertebrae."
"The lumbar vertebrae are in the lower back. He also has fractures of the second, third and fourth transverse processes. These are outtouchings of the spine which give it support. He has cuts and bruises on his legs and a cut on his right hand."
EDWARD MOSS of Andover, 41 year old father of three and KENNEDY'S close friend and aide, died at the hospital of massive brain injuries about seven hours after the accident.
The pilot, EDWIN T. ZIMNY, 48, of Lawrence, Mass., died in the crash of the two-engine plane, which was flying from Washington to Westfield, Mass.
BAYH had multiple cuts and an injured right hip. MRS. BAYH complained of a back pain.
Officials said MOSS also suffered multiple fractures of the right leg and right arm. He often was descibed as "the senator's Dave Powers," the latter having been the everpresent confidant to the late President Kennedy.
The plane crash occurred less than seven months after the senator's brother, President Kennedy was assassinated by a sniper's bullet in Dallas. Two other members of the Kennedy family, an older brother, Joseph, and a sister, Kathleen, died in separate plane crashes.
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