Brooklyn, NY Amphibian Plane Crash, Aug 1957


New York (UP) -- A Coast Guard amphibian plane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Thursday from Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn. Four of six crew members were killed. Two others were injured, one critically.
The plane, a twin-engine Grumman Albatross, had just left the runway when it suddenly dipped, hit the end of the runway and burst into flames.
The Coast Guard identified the dead as:
Lt. Comdr. CLAUDE S. LABAW of 18 Villa Court, Hempstead, N.Y., the pilot.
Lt. ROLLAND A. FAUCHER of 3 Elm St., Canion, N.Y., the co-pilot.
Machinist's Mate 3-C MATTHEW R. ROSS of 1315 23rd St., Canton, Ohio.
Aviation Electronics Mate 3-C GERALD F. FOX of RD 1, Harmony, Pa.
Witnesses said one of the plane's engines appeared to have stopped as soon as the craft became airborne.
Because of the intense heat, the bodies of the four victims could not be removed for several hours.
One of the injured, JOHN R. LOWELL, who lives at the field, was removed in a Coast Guard helicopter to St. Albans Naval Hospital in Queens. He was reported in critical condition. The second injured man, FREDERICK E. WEST, JR., 24, of Columbus, Ohio, an aviation electrician's mate, was treated for shock at the field dispensary. He was able to walk away from the crash scene.
The Coast Guard said the cause of the crash was unknown. The plane, normally used for search and rescue work, was on a routine training mission when the crash happened, the Coast Guard reported.

Marysville Journal-Tribune Ohio 1957-08-23