Hinsdale, IL Plane Crash, Sept 1961
Ambulances from scores of suburbs rushed to the scene. Hundreds of persons drove to the field.
MRS. WILLIAM MOUCHE, whose home is about 150 feet from the wrecked plane, said "it was a roar, louder than a wind storm and it went right over our heads. Then there was a crash and a muffled boom. When I looked out the window, all I could see was fire."
DAN HEIDENREICH, who lives about three blocks from the scene of the crash, said: I saw a big ball of flames and right away started dressing. When I got to the crash sight, all I could see was a big fire and blackened bodies. They were all over."
A TWA Lockheed Super-Constellation was involved in aviation's worst disaster last Dec.16 when it and a United Air Lines DC8 collided over New York City, killing 134 persons.
A TWA Super-Constellation and a United Air Lines DC7 collided on June 30, 1956, over Arizona's Grand Canyon, killing 128 persons in the second worst commercial plane accident.
Crash - Then Only Silence
By William Shaffer
And Edmund D'Moch
HINSDALE, Ill. (AP) - CHESTER WADLEY, clad in pajama top and khaki pants, walked numbly through a floodlighted field of death early this morning with an armful of newspapers.
He was doing his best for 77 persons who perished in one of the worst plane crashes in U. S. aviation history.
"My God, man, all I'm trying to do is cover the dead," WADLEY, who lives two blocks from the crash site, blurted when a police officer asked for identification.
WADLEY, a certified public accountant, continued on his heart-breaking mission. Stopping at each blackened, lifeless form, he tore off a sheet of newspaper and placed it gently on a corpse. A mist fell.
"You know it's an unusual thing. I didn't hear any screams," WADLEY said. "I ran through the wreckage trying to find someone alive. I didn't find anyone alive."
That was the atmosphere as police, rescue workers - with no one to rescue - and residents ringed the smouldering fragmented bulk of the Trans World Airlines Constellation, burrowed in a cornfield in this western suburb of Chicago.
"Bodies are strewn all over the site. None of them will be removed until we can identify and tag them," said JAMES CLARK, Cook County deputy coroner.
JOSEPHINE BROZ who lives in one of five homes narrowly missed by the doomed plane, said: "I heard the plane fly low over the house. My husband and I woke up and jumped out of bed. It seemed as though the plane made a turn and came back again because we looked out the back of the house and saw the plane explode."
"The plane then hit the ground and bounced several times. We could see the wheels, the wings, everything â€“ falling apart."
Another of the residents of the nearby homes, GRACE MOUCHE, said: "When I looked out the window all I could see was fire."
Mother, 4 Children Among Dead
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A mother and four children from Eureka, Calif., who were visiting in New Bedford, were among those aboard the plane which crashed today near Chicago.
MRS. N. GILLIAM and her children, two boys and two girls, had been visiting her parents, MR. AND MRS. LEMUEL H. BAGGARLY. They boarded the plane in Boston.
Four Suncook, N. H., girls, on a job-hunting expedition to the West Coast, were among those aboard the plane.
MRS. ROY GILBERT of Derry, N. H., said the four were her sister, CAROL CHASE; and LINDA ANNIS, LINDA PEASLEY, and NANCY BERGSTROM.
MRS. GILBERT said her sister was 20 years old and the other girls were either 20 or 21.
She said the four left Suncook - a village about nine miles southeast of Concord, drove to the airport in Boston and boarded the plane.
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