Black Forest Inn Airport, PA Private Plane Crash, Jun 1966


Jersey Shore, Pa. - A Jersey Shore man and his wife looked on Sunday morning as a light plane took off from Black Forest Inn Airport, approximately 40 miles northwest of here, and crashed a few hundred feet from the airstrip at 11:15 a.m., killing the sole occupant.
Dead was GERALD BOWDRICK, 45, of Duncannon, Perry County, near Harrisburg.
BOWDRICK was pronounced dead at Jersey Shore Hospital where he was taken in a Jersey Shore ambulance. Dr. Earl R. Miller, Lycoming County coroner, said cause of death was a skull fracture.
Donald Woodhouse, of 111 Fountain Ave., Jersey Shore, accompanied by his wife, were at the Inn for a fly-in breakfast, preparing to take off.
"He made a normal takeoff," Woodhouse said, "but after approximately 300 feet, his plane seemed to have a sudden loss of power, and it made a left descending turn into the woods and crashed."
Woodhouse said a wing of the Mooney Mite craft was sheared off by a large maple tree and that the craft nosed into the ground about 450 feet from the airstrip. He said the plane did not burn.
Woodhouse reported the craft took off in a northerly direction and that BOWDRICK apparently was accompanied to the Black Forest Inn by another pilot flying a similar plane.
Trooper James W. Summerson, state police aeronautical investigator of the Montoursville barracks, said the scene of the fatal crash was about 400 feet from Route 44. The Coudersport Pike. He returned to the scene today to continue his investigation.
Woodhouse said the accident occurred in ideal weather, with completely clear skies and temperatures in the 60s. The site of the crash is about eight miles west of Slate Run, which is about 30 miles northwest of Jersey Shore.
Summerson said the pilot had taken off earlier in the day from Skyport Airport, near Harrisburg, and had landed at Jersey Shore to eat and refuel.

The Express Lock Haven Pennsylvania 1966-06-13