Mississippi River (south of New Orleans), LA Plane Crash, July 1953

COAST GUARD PLANE CRASH KILLS THREE.

New Orleans (UP) -- A 30,000-pound Coast Guard flying boat on a mission of mercy to pick up an injured fisherman crashed in the Mississippi River 90 miles south of here today, killing three persons.
Three others on the plane survived.
Coast Guard headquarters here, which dispatched the plane from Keesler Field, Miss., said five Coast Guardsmen and one Air Force man were aboard the huge plane when in smashed into the river at 90 miles per hour, skidded wildly, flipped on its back and sank.

The Daily Telegram Eau Claire Wisconsin 1953-07-07

Casualties:
Ensign VERNON C. FLECK.
AD2 JOHN C. WETHERLAND.
A1C MELVIN L. SWEET, U.S.A.F.