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New Cumberland, PA Private Plane Crash, Sep 1983

PLANE CRASH KILLS RACE DRIVER'S SON AND THREE OTHERS.

New Cumberland, Pa. (UPI) - Four people, including the son of a race car driver and a child, died on a sight-seeing tour when their single-engine plane crashed in Cumberland County shortly after takeoff from a Harrisburg airport.
The plane descended and struck a power line before crashing at the intersection of Fourth and Eutaw Streets Saturday, police said. The Beechcraft Model 23 aircraft was destroyed in the crash and fire.
Barbara Lowe, who was in her backyard when she saw the plane dropping to the ground, said "there
are normally children playing" in the residential area where the plane landed.
"I was stunned for a moment, because I thought it was going to come in the yard," Ms. Lowe said.
"I think he realized he was in trouble and was trying to land."
No homes were hit and no one on the ground was injured, but seven cars were damaged when the plane caught on fire upon impact, police said.
JAMES KARL, 20, of Wellsville, York County, was pilot of the plane, which took off from Capital City Airport to tour the Susquehanna Valley when it apparently developed difficulties, police said.
KARL was a joint-owner of Capital Aviation Co., of Harrisburg, with his father Jerry Karl of Manchester, York County. The elder Karl, veteran of 69 championship car races, ran the fueling and charter operation from Capital City Airport.
The 42-year-old driver is known for his six runs at the Indianapolis 500 since 1973, his last in 1981, when he finished 15th driving a Tonco trailer car.
Cumberland County Coroner Michael Norris identified the other victims of the crash as HAROLD STONE, 44, of Shiremantown, Cumberland County; his son, JEFFREY STONE, 12, of the same address; and a family friend JEREMIAH MINAHAN, JR., 25, of Dillsburg, York County.
Richard Freeburn, an aviation safety inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the crash.

Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania 1983-09-19

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