Quilcene, WA (near) Air Force C141 Crashes Into Olympic Mountains, Mar 1975
Quilcene, Wash. (AP) -- Two search and rescue teams have been airlifted to the wreckage of an Air Force C-141 Starlifter but there was no immediate report on whether there are survivors.
The rescuers were carried by helicopters to the steep mountainside where the aircraft crashed late Thursday with 16 aboard.
Snoqualmie Pass Snow Ranger KEN WHITE, an avalanche technician, said the search effort was further complicated by the avalanche condition at the scene of the crash.
"The impact of the crash probably stabilized the slope, but there are three-foot fractures up there and it's been snowing all day and it's going to snow all night," he said. "That's a big, open slope and the whole thing could go. If it does, it'll be all over."
An avalanche would bury the wreckage beyond discovery until late spring or early summer, he added.
The civilian volunteers of the Mountain Rescue Council said they also were frustrated by what they considered often contradictory orders from various military commanders in Port Angeles. The official search command post reportedly was moved to the Olympic Peninsula community without consulting search teams in the field.
"Every order I've given today has been countermanded," complained GLENN KELSEY, Mountain Rescue Council coordinator.
The four-engine Military Airlift Command jet was on a flight from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to McChord Air Force near Tacoma, Wash.
The craft had been scheduled to arrive at McChord at 11:15 p.m. Thursday. The last radio message received was at 11 p.m. and gave no indication of trouble, officials said. The plane disappeared from radar screens five minutes later.
The Air Force identified the crew as:
Pilot/Commander, First Lt. EARL R. EVANS, 28, Houston, Tex.
Co-pilot Capt. FRANK E. EVE, 27, Dallas, Tex.
Co-pilot Second Lt. HAROLD D. ARENSMAN, 25, Irving, Tex.
Navigator First Lt. STANLEY Y. LEE, 25, Oakland, Calif.
Navigator Lt. Col. RICHARD B. THORNTON, 40, Sherman, Tex.
Flight engineer M. Sgt. ROBERT G. McGARRY, 37, Shrewsbury, Mo.
Flight engineer T. Sgt. JAMES R. CAMPTON, 45, Aberdeen, S. D.
Loadmaster S. Sgt. PETER J. ARNOLD, 25, Rochester, N. Y.
Loadmaster A. 1C ROBERT D. GASKIN, 21, Fremont, Neb.
Navigator Lt. Col. RALPH W. BURNS, JR., 42, Aiken, S. C.
The Navy identified the passengers as:
PO 3.C TERRY WAYNE HOWARD, Sylmar, Calif.
PO 3.C JOHN EVES, Ridgewood, N. J.
CWO SAMUEL EDWARD FLEMING, Alameda, Calif.
Lt. EDWIN WAYNE UPDEGROVE, San Diego, Calif.
Seaman DONALD RAY DICKSON, Tempe, Ariz.
PO 1.C WILLIAM MICHAEL RAYMOND, Seattle, Wash.
The Navy had no ages for the men.
HOWARD, EVES and DICKSON were crewmen from the USS Dubuque. FLEMING and UPDEGROVE were off the USS Coral Sea. RAYMOND was from Attack Squadron 95 from Whidbey Island, Wash., stationed aboard the Dubuque.
The Daily Chronicle Centralia Washington 1975-03-22