Newville, PA Air Force Plane Crashes, Oct 1956
FOUR KILLED AS 'FLYING BOXCAR' HITS MOUNTAIN.
BIG PLANE RAMS SLOPE, EXPLODES IN PENNSYLVANIA.
Newville, Pa. (UP) - Authorities investigated the crash of an Air Force C119 Flying Boxcar that took the lives of four crewmen when it slammed into the side of a mountain here Friday night.
1st Lt. ROBERT S. HANTSCH, pilot;
WALTER BEVERLY GORDON, JR., co-pilot;
T/Sgt. MARVIN W. SEIGLER, engineer;
1st Lt. GRACYE E. YOUNG.
State troopers guarded the wreckage until personnel from the Olmstead Air Force Base, Middletown, Pa. arrive to supervise the removal of the bodies.
The men were killed instantly when their plane rammed a rain-soaked mountain slope and exploded in an isolated section of Perry County. Olmstead officials said identification would be made by the Stewart Air Force Base, Smyrna, Tenn., where the plane had taken off en route to Olmstead.
The failure of the plane to make a scheduled landing at Olmstead was the indirect cause of a near tragedy involving another twin-engine Air Force plane. A C46 en-route from Olpahe, Kan. Air Station to New Castle, Del. Air Force Base, radioed Olmstead it would land there because of bad weather over Central Pennsylvania.
But Olmstead told the C46 pilot, 1st Lt. Walter Bachman, 34, Doylestown, Pa., not to land because the Flying Boxcar was overdue. Bachman headed east towards Philadelphia but ran out of fuel.
He made a near-perfect landing in a cornfield on the farm of Aaron E. Esh, near Intercourse, Pa. His crew included 1st Lt. Thomas Clark, 35, of Neptune, N.J., copilot, and Airman Second Class Henry LaRoche, 25, New Castle, Del., crew chief.
The Coshocton Democrat Ohio 1956-10-27