Vineland, NJ Airliner Crashes In Snow Storm, Jan 1947

THREE ARE KILLED; EIGHTEEN HURT; IN PLANE CRASH.

MIAMI-TO-NEWARK TRANSPORT PLANE CRASHES IN SNOW STORM IN NEW JERSEY.

Vineland, N. J., Jan. 6. -- (INS) -- A toll of 3 dead and 16 injured were recorded today following the crash of a Miami-to-Newark transport last night in a heavy snow-storm near Vineland, 30 miles south of Philadelphia.
The victims were identified as the co-pilot, PERCY W. VAN NOY, 30, of Olympia, Wash.; a passenger, JOSEPH SCHULTZ, 36, of (121 W. 93rd St.) New York City, and SIDNEY M. HERSKOVITZ, 35, of (29 Hatherly Road) Brighton, Mass.
Boxer Among Injured.
Among the injured was WILLIE PEP, world featherwright boxier champion of Hartford, Conn. PEP was taken to Millville hospital with ankle and rib injuries. Doctors said his injuries were not serious and probably would not affect his pugilistic career.
Emergency ambulance and police trucks rushed the other injured persons to hospitals in Millville, Bridgeton, and Vineland.
The big transport, a twin-engined DC-3 owned by the Nationwide Air Transport Service of Miami, crashed in a densely wooded section.
Observers said the pilot, Captain ROBERT SHEKER, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Miami, apparently was trying for an emergency landing in a field near a lighted tower. The craft overshot the mark, smashed into a tree and came to rest against two tall pines.
Co-Pilot Killed.
The co-pilot VAN NOY, was crushed to death when a tree fell directly across the cockpit. Huge holes were torn in the wings of the craft, but the wreck did not catch fire.
Several of the injured passengers, including SHEILA ANTMAN, 16, of Brooklyn, expressed belief the transport had run out of fuel.
The plane had been forced to by-pass airports at Raleigh, N. C., Charleston, S. C. and Richmond, Va., because of the inclement weather.
At the time of the crash, the transport was about 75 miles from its destination, Neward airport. It left Miami at 2 p. m. (EST).

The New Castle News Pennsylvania 1947-01-06