Peach Bottom, PA Plane And Boat Collide, Jun 1982


Peach Bottom, Pa. (AP) - A National Guard helicopter was used to haul the wreckage of a light plane and a boat from the Susquehanna River Monday as divers continued to search for a woman missing in the freak accident.
The woman, whose name was unavailable from state police, disappeared into the river Saturday night in the accident that claimed the lives of two people.
Six other persons were injured, two of them seriously, when the plane, which had been performing stunts above the river, flew low across the water and rammed into the boat.
The boat was transporting seven people returning from a water skiing outing when it was struck by the two-seater light plane.
A state police dispatcher in Lancaster said a helicopter from Harrisburg flew to the area of the crash Monday in order to lift the remains of the boat and the plane from the river.
Killed were ROBERT BECKER, 39, of Philadelphia, who was identified as a passenger on the boat, and SAMUEL OSBORNE, 15, of Conowingo, Md., who authorities said was aboard the plane with his father, RONALD, 37.
The elder OSBORNE was listed in serious condition Monday at St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster with multiple injuries.
Also hospitalized at St. Joseph was boat passenger FRED GROSS, 43, of Thornton. He was listed in fair condition.
Four other passengers on the boat were treated for minor injuries at St. Joseph and released, hospital officials said.
Witnesses said other boaters in the area aided the survivors.

Gettysburg Times Pennsylvania 1982-06-29