Indiantown Gap, PA Fighter Jet Crash, Aug 1967
JET FIGHTER PLANE CRASHES AT GAP, KILLING PILOT, 32.
TRAINING MISSION TRAGEDY.
Indiantown Gap, Pa. - A 32-year-old
Air National Guard pilot was killed at noon Sunday when his jet fighter crashed in a wooded area of the northwest corner of Indiantown Gap Military Reservation.
The F-100 Phantom jet, piloted by Capt. FREDERICK REX ALMAN, was flying simulated strafing runs on designated targets, a mission that was coordinated with the ROTC training exercises at the Gap.
The crash occurred during a strafing run, according to Cpl. Eugene Rickert, Jonestown state police.
Because the cause of the crash is undetermined, a team of U.S. Air Force personnel was expected to arrive at the Gap today to investigate the mishap.
Although the crash occurred in Dauphin County, it was originally believed to have happened in Lebanon County. For this reason, Dr. Harry W. Reed, Lebanon County deputy coroner, was called out to issue the death certificate.
The pilot did not eject from the plane. His body was found with the wreckage.
On Active Duty.
Capt. ALMAN, a resident of Cinnaminson, N.J., was on active duty attached to the 177th Tactical Fighter Group of the New Jersey Air National Guard, which is stationed at Atlantic City, N.J.
The Indiantown Gap firemen were called to the scene following the crash.
In addition to the Air Force investigators, Trooper Bernard E. Chaback, of the state Aeronautics Commission, will continue checking into the mishap.
Lebanon Daily News Pennsylvania 1967-08-07