Charlotte, NC Jet Crash Kills Sixty Nine, Sep 1974

Charlotte, NC Jet Crash Sept 1974

JOHN McDOWELL, who lives near the ravine where the plane crashed, drove his farm tractor to the scene and carried five survivors to safety. He said he saw "a tremendous column of smoke and heard the screaming and yelling and crying. It was hysterical."
The jet's pilot was Capt. J. E. REEVES, 48, and the other flight attendant was E. A. KERTH. Both were based in Atlanta.
Rescue workers set up a morgue at the National Guard Armory near the airport.
It was the worst air disaster in North Carolina since July 19, 1967 when a Piedmont 727 and a private plane collided over Hendersonville with a loss of 82 lives.
In Charleston, Navy sources said Rear Adm. CHARLES W. CUMMINGS, acting commandant of the 6th Naval District, had boarded the plane Wednesday morning. He was not among the survivors.
Also boarding the plane and presumed dead were three executives of the Charleston News and Courier and Evening Post: C. F. McDONALD, circulation manager; LEWIS WESTON, production superintendent, and JACK SANDERS, the mail room foreman.
Charleston television station WCIV said WAYNE SEAL, the station's news director and anchorman, also was a passenger.
None of them was among the known survivors.

Charlotte, N. C. (AP) -- Here is a list of the 13 survivors of an Eastern Airlines DC9 plane crash near Charlotte Wednesday morning.
All were taken to Charlotte Memorial Hospital with the exception of a stewardess, identified as COLLETTE WATSON of Atlanta. She was treated and released at Presbyterian Hospital.
The others:
RICHARD ARNOLD, 803 IBM, Columbia, S. C., fair, 40 per cent burns, transferred by Army helicopter to Medical College of South Carolina at Charleston.
FRANCIS MINALEK, Charleston, satisfactory, 5 to 10 per cent burns, also transferred by Army helicopter to Medical College of South Carolina hospital.
ROBERT BURNHAM, 1719 Weston Ave., Charleston, Navy, satisfactory, 4 to 5 per cent burns, to be transferred to Charleston by ambulance Wednesday night.
JAMES DANIELS, 36, co-pilot, 1665 Baibridge Way, Roswell, Ga., satisfactory, two fractured legs.
ROY HENDRIX, 520 Idaho Ave., Charleston, Navy, satisfactory, 10 to 12 per cent burns, being transferred to Charleston by ambulance Wednesday night.
SCOTT R. JOHNSON, Park Street Extension, Brandon, Vt., Navy, satisfactory, 35 per cent burns, admitted.
DEBORA SANDERS, Box 165, Sherman, N. Y., critical, 90 per cent burns, admitted.
JAMES L. SCHULTZE, 108 Twowood Court, Summerville, S.C., Navy, fair, 23 per cent burns, admitted.
DR. WILLIAM SHELLEY, 2900 Wheelock Dr., Charlotte, chief pathologist at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, critical, left leg amputated, 50 per cent burns, admitted.
DIANE TRACY, 2750 Maplewood Dr., Columbus, Ohio, critical, 90 per cent burns, admitted.
JOHN TOOHEY, 1 Polk Street, Charleston, Navy, satisfactory, 5 per cent burns being transferred to Charleston by ambulance Wednesday night.
CHARLES WEAVER, 305 Farrington Dr., Summerville, S. C., satisfactory, 5 per cent burns, returning home with family Thursday.



Just houses today

The coordinates to the site are:

35°09?14?N 80°55?34?W

Just another suburb these days

Stephen Colbert's family among the dead

The three deceased Colbert passengers were the father and brothers of television actor and comedian Stephen Colbert.

Spelling Correction for CDR John Russell Sopko

The spelling of the last name of the man listed as Cmdr. JOHN RUSSELL SAPKO should be SOPKO. See his personal memorial page at .

Misspelling of passenger name

Your article mentions a surviving passenger, Diane Tracy. Her name is actually Deanne Tracy and she was one of three passengers who initially survived the crash with burns over 90% of her body. She died 6 days later of her injuries. She was my cousin and I was 10 years old when Deanne, 17 years old, was so badly burned and died. Our family was, and still is, devastated by her agonizing death.