Little Valley, NY Some Survive Airliner Crash, Dec 1951

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26 KILLED, 14 SURVIVE AIRLINER CRASH IN NEW YORK.

INJURED TAKEN TO SALAMANCA FOR TREATMENT.

ONE PASSENGER LEAVES PLANE TO SEEK HELP.

Little Valley, Dec. 31 (AP) -- The missing Pittsburgh to Buffalo unscheduled airliner was found today in wild country in Southwestern New York and 14 survivors were brought to safety.
There were 40 persons on the plane when it left Pittsburgh Saturday night.

Removed on Sled.
The Cattaraugus County sheriff's office said the most injured of the survivors were brought out thru dense underbrush on a sled arrangement towed by a tractor.
There were 13 survivors still at the wreckage when rescue workers got thru to the crash site. One passenger had walked out of the rugged country in search of help and reported the plane's location.
All the injured were being taken to Salamanca District Hospital. The first to arrive there was identified by the hospital as MRS. ANNA PISO, 51, Grafton, Pa.
MRS. PISO was listed on a passenger list released earlier. Her address on the list was given at 51 Bradford ave., Grafton. However, her name was not given by the survivor who walked out.
Condition 'Good'.
Hospital attendants said MRS. PISO was suffering shoulder and leg injuries and that her condition was good.
The survivor who pushed his wasy thru dense undergrowth with the first word of the crashed plane's location was GEORGE ALBERT, Miami, Fla. His mother, MRS. ELIZABETH ALBERT, 46, was killed.
ALBERT, 30, told The Associated Press by telephone that he left the scene of the crash shortly after 11 a.m. He reached the farmhouse of CHARLES BRYANT. He called police from there.
ALBERT said the plane crashed about 10:25 p.m. Saturday.
He said the survivors huddled around a fire all of yesterday and last night near the wrecked plane. One passenger, WILLIAM BESCHOS, tried to make his way out for help yesterday, but could not get thru, ALBERT said.

Albert Injured.
ALBERT said he was bruised and injured but that his injuries were the least of any of the survivors. He said he could not say how badly hurt he was but that he was about to enter a hospital for observation.
According to ALBERT, as quoted by the sheriff's office, the other survivors included these whose names were listed on earlier passenger lists.
MRS. LOUISE ATKINSON, hospital superintendent, said all 14 were suffering shock and some had broken bones and lacerations.
She said there were no cases of suffering from exposure. She did not give individual injuries.

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seeking info.

hi i am looking for any accounts or stories associated with the crash. I live near the site and in the spring will be hiking to the site. I was thrilled to see this link, as i was just assembling the list of names. i have an outline and i would appreciate assistance of any kind with eyewitness accounts for a collection of survivor stories to be compiled into a locally produced film about the ordeal through a series of individuals as told by family members and actual survivors. i truly would appreciate assistance, copies of pictures of the people and mementos or memorabilia,,photos of anything really,,thanks again,,todd

Plane Crash

As a Chief of the Little Valley Fire Department, I have looked into our records several time on this topic with little info found. If you have any copies of the scrapbook it would be a great addition to the history of our Fire Dept. as the accident happened in our district, and we have little info.

Thanks.

D.J. Adams
LVFD CHIEF I

plane crash

Hello, i am interested in this scrapbook. I work in a nursing facility in north carolina and one of the survivors (Pearl Moon) is in this facility. She remembers the plane crash and tells us about it.

thanks,
renee

1951 Plane Crash

C.J.

Yes, I am still researching the plane crash. Please contact me at tjlake@verizon.net.
I have some interviews ready to be lined up and would like more information. I would also like to share the information and artifacts I've collected.

Tim

Napoli, NY Plane Crash 1951

My friend's father was a NYS Trooper, during the incident. He and another trooper, stopped on patrol at a small store, and the owner told them "that plane is over there on that hill, it flew right over top of here and I heard the crash". There were actually similar reports all the way from Albany, NY to Buffalo during the search. The retired Trooper (now deceased), told his son some discriptions of the scene ranging from a deceased young woman who looked as if she was untouched and only sleeping, to a woman who was trapped under the wreckage for 3 days and died when it was finally lifted off of her, to other grizzly discoveries that were recovered at the scene...

PLANE CRASH OF DEC.29, 1951

GUS ATHAS , CO-PILOT WAS ON THE FLIGHT THAT WAS A TURNAROUND FLIGHT . FROM WHAT WAS TOLD TO ME HE STARTED OUT SITTING
IN THE REAR OF THE PLANE. ONE OF THE LADIES SITTING IN THE FRONT WAS VERY COLD SO THEY SWITCHED SEATS. HE DIED, SHE LIVED.
THE PLANE WAS HOURS LATE TAKING OFF BECAUSE OF MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. GUS WAS SCHEDULED TO CO-PILOT THE PLANE ON THE
WAY BACK TO MIAMI THAT SAME NIGHT... HE WAS ONLY 25 YEARS OLD. GUS AND VICTOR HARRIS, PILOT, WERE GOOD FRIENDS. I WAS HIS WIFE
AND WE HAD TWO LITTLE BOYS. I MISS HIM TO THIS DAY. A LOVELY, SWEET YOUNG MAN. HE WAS BURIED IN MIAMI AND WE HAVE VISITED HIM
QUITE OFTEN. VIC HARRIS IS BURIED NEXT TO HIM. I WOULD LOVE A COPY OF THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE IT.
MY GRANDDAUGHTER SHANNON ATHAS SAID SHE HAD WRITTEN TO YOU ALSO.

Little Valley, NY Some Survive Airliner Crash, Dec 1951

Dear Sir,
I have some information on the crash as I am CJ Webber's son. if you are still looking for information for your article, please contact me.

Conrad J. Webber

ps
My Dad"s name was Clarence Joesph Webber; (C.J. Webber).

Little Valley, NY Some Survive Airliner Crash, Dec 1951

Dear Sally Manca,
Good morning from Miami, Florida.
My Dad died in that crash and I would be interested in the scrap book.
Dad was the pilot that flew the plane to PA and was dead heading back to Miami. We hope he was asleep in the Jump Seat when the plane crashed.

Conrad John Webber

Napoli Plane Crash Scrapbook

I think the Salamanca Area Historical Museum would be a great repository for this scrapbook. Once I've completed research using the book, among other items, we may be able to further discuss the scrapbook.
I would like it to be available for all to see.

Tim Lake

Gus Athas

Shannon,

Please contact me concerning your grandfather Gus. I have been actively researching the Napoli crash and would like to obtain information and photos of Gus.

tjlake@verizon.net

Thank-you,

Tim Lake