Kansas City, MO Plane Crashes On Landing, Jan 1963
PLANE BURNS AFTER CRASH OFF RUNWAY.
PLUNGES INTO DIKE WHILE ATTEMPTING TO LAND AT PORT.
Kansas City, Mo. (AP) -- A sleep prop-jet airliner, coming in for a landing at Kansas City Municipal Airport, crashed into a dike at the end of a runway Tuesday night, killing all eight persons aboard.
The four-engined Continental Airlines Viscount had seats for 59 passengers but carried only five. All that was left was a mass of tangled wreckage that burned fiercely for 20 minutes.
Dead, in addition to the five passengers, were the three crew members. All eight bodies were recovered.
Two From Dallas.
The victims included:
Capt. JOSEPH WILLIAM SMITH, 46, Dallas, Tex., the pilot.
First Officer S. CLARK GEORGE, 34, Dallas.
Hostess ANN LEWIS, 26, daughter of MR. and MRS. R. C. LEWIS, Abilene, Tex.
MARY ANN STEWART, 21, Kansas City. MISS STEWART was on the public relations staff of the People to People program. Her parents live in Wichita Falls, Tex.
MRS. ELMER RUSSELL,70, Kansas City, Kan.
Her Son RICHARD, 36, Kansas City, Kan.
E. N. JOHNSON, Chicago Heights, Ill.
NATHAN E. GARBER, St. Louis.
R. O. ZIEGLER, assistant chief of air traffic for the Federal Aviation Agency here, said the plane, Flight 290 from Midland, Tex., approached from north to south toward the business district, just across the Missouri River from the airport.
Made Normal Approach.
"It made a normal approach until about 50 feet above the north end of the runway," ZIEGLER said, "at that time it appeared to level off and climb slightly. It proceeded over the runway until it reached the south end of the field, when the nose appeared to drop sharply and the aircraft disappeared from view behind the dike."
Witnesses said the craft hit an earthen bunker and bounced over a 9-foot wire fence. It skidded up the slope of the dike and catapulted into undergrowth 150 yards from the river.
J. W. MATTHEWS, of Bonner Springs, Kan., said the plane was afire as it approached.
MATTHEWS was on duty as a railroad foreman near the airport.
Cumberland Evening Times Maryland 1963-01-30