Green Peter Mountain, OR Private Plane Crash, Sep 1968
FAMILY DIES IN PRIVATE PLANE CRASH.
Sweethome, Ore. (UPI) -- The bodies of a California family of four were removed Monday night from the scattered wreckage of their plane near the 4,200-foot level of Green Peter Mountain.
The single engine plane crashed Saturday afternoon, apparently just four days after the pilot, JACK THOMAS, 50, of Fremont, Calif., earned his private license.
The dead, in addition to THOMAS, were his wife RUTH, 47, and their children, TOD, 14, and LESLIE, 9.
THOMAS' family was en route from Oakland, Calif., to Tacoma, Wash., when it reported icing conditions and a loss of altitude shortly after a fuel stop at Eugene. The plane then plunged into dense timber and scattered over 400 yards.
Nine planes, 12 land vehicles and several hundred persons participated in a search Sunday, but were hampered by low clouds. The wreckage was spotted by an Air Force helicopter early Monday afternoon.
Federal aviation officials who went to the scene said THOMAS' logbook indicated he earned his private license Sept. 1 and had logged just eight hours prior to the accident.
Press Courier Oxnard California 1968-09-17