Smithtown, NY Private Plane Crash, Jan 1956
3 ON PLANE DIE IN CRASH ON L. I.
OIL FIRM'S CRAFT EXPLODES; VICTIMS ALL CREWMEN ON CHECK FLIGHT.
Smithtown, N.Y., Jan. 26 -- (AP) -- A twin-engined private plane crashed and burned two miles west of here today, killing all three men aboard. One report was that the craft exploded in the air.
The six-placed Lockheed Venture was owned by Cities Service Oil company.
The dead, all Long Islanders, were BERNARD J. MALLOY of Bohecus, assistant chief pilot for Cities Service for 10 years; Capt. RAYMOND HAMBERG of Malverne, N.Y., and co-pilot HUGO D. FILANGEM of Patchogue, N.Y.
The takeoff from nearby MacArthur Field was to have been a routine check flight.
An Air Force medium bomber was in the area when the plane went down. Military personnel aboard the bomber said the private plane blew up in the air.
Other witnesses from the ground thought the explosion occurred after the crash.
The Bridgeport Telegram Connecticut 1956-01-27