Cleveland, OH Plane Crash Kills 7, Oct 1968
SEVEN DIE IN PLANE CRASH.
Cleveland, Ohio (AP) -- The parents and sister of a University of Notre Dame student were among seven persons killed Friday when a private plane crashed here and burned.
There were no survivors of the crash of the twin engine Beechcraft into a residential street near Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The party was en route to South Bend, Ind., to attend the Notre Dame - Illinois football game today.
The plane left the Linden, N.J., airport where Manager ROBERT MEYER said it was piloted by the owner, CHRISTOPHER CORDARO, Little Silver, N.J.
CORDARO'S son, LEONARD, is a Notre Dame freshman.
MEYER said the others aboard were MRS. CORDARO; the couple's daughter, JOANNE; MR. and MRS. LOUIS COSTANZO, New Jersey residents; MISS JUDITH GUTTERIDGE, Oakhurst, N.J., and an unidentified girl.
Witnesses said the pilot apparently veered to avoid rows of houses north of Hopkins AIrport. Officials said CORDARO radioed shortly after 5 p.m. that one engine had quit. Just before the crash the plane was spotted coming out of an overcast with its nose down.
MARTIN HARTSEL, 17, said he was in his backyard and heard the aircraft "coming in."
The youth said, "It looked as though it was heading straight for our house. I ran to the back, and it hit."
Anderson Daily Bulletin Indiana 1968-10-19
PLANE CRASHES ON CLEVELAND'S WEST SIDE; 7 PERSONS PERISH.
Cleveland (UPI) -- A private plane bearing a Notre Dame University student's family and four others to the school for homecoming weekend crashed on a street in a residential area here last night, killing all aboard.
The craft, a twin-engine Beech King, was piloted and owned by CHRISTOPHER CORDARO, 43, of Little Silver, N.J., on a flight from Lindon, N.J., to South Bend, Ind.
Aboard were his wife, their daughter, JOANNE, a MR. and MRS. LOUIS COSTANZA,
of Colonia, N.J., and two girls identified as JUDITH GUTTERIDGE and MARY LOU DOLAN, who were to be the dates of LEONARD CORDARO, 18, and a fellow student.
The COSTANZAS were believed to be business acquaintances of the CORDAROS. Ages and addresses on the other victims were not available.
Cleveland Hopkins Airport said CORDARO reported to them that one engine of his craft failed as it was north of the airport and he requested emergency landing instructions. The airport tower held up the landing of all incoming planes while waiting for the disabled aircraft.
But before the plane was able to reach the airport, it dived into a residential area on the west side, hitting a car and truck, and exploding.
Cpl. James Wantz of the Ohio Highway Patrol said CORDARO might have been deliberately steering his craft away from homes.
"I don't know if he was trying to avoid the homes or could direct the aircraft, be if he did, he sure did a good job," Wantz said. "He didn't touch one of the houses. He hit at suppertime and everyone was probably inside their homes eating."
Henry Jakes was driving in the neighborhood at the time and witnessed the explosion. He said he believed everyone in the plane was killed instantly.
"I was looking right at it," Jakes said. "I couldn't see much of anything because of the flames and smoke, but I didn't hear any screams or anything like that."
"I looked through the rear view mirror and saw a large fireball and a lot of black smoke coming out," he said.
Chronicle Telegram Elyria Ohio 1968-10-19