New Boston, TX Military Plane Crash, Jun 1951
Lightning Hits Plane, 10 Killed
NEW BOSTON, Tex., June 3 (AP) â€“ A Flying Box Car roared out of the clouds Sunday, disintegrated as horrified citizens watched, and became a flaming pyre for its 10 passengers.
The C-82 exploded directly over this city and bored a burning hole into a cow pasture near Boston 2 Â½ miles to the west.
â€œI saw it falling apart in the sky,â€ said MRS. C. W. JONES, in whose pasture it fell.
Wreckage was scattered for a mile and a half around as the wings and tail flew apart.
PAT OGLESBY said lightning struck the plane.
â€œI heard an explosion and saw lightning at the same time,â€ he said.
The CAA at Texarkana said the plane was from Campbell Air Force Base at Hopkinsville, Ky.
It had called the CAA with a position report and flight plan to Fort Sill, Okla., at 1:26 p. m. (CST), shortly before it plunged from the sky.
â€œI heard the roar of the plane just as it feathered its props,â€ said Marine Sgt. JAMES OWENS.
â€œThen it just fell apart. It reminded me of my days in Korea. It was horrible.â€
MRS. JONES said the plane did not appear to catch fire before it struck the ground.
OGLESBY said the plane's motors seemed to be at full throttle as it came out of the clouds nose first.
â€œFrom all appearances someone way trying to bail out, but I couldn't tell for sure. The fuselage fell straight into the ground, and it made a hole you could bury an ambulance in,â€ OGLESBY said.
OGLESBY, a mechanic at the Red River arsenal, and JOHNNY BEVILL said the plane burned so fiercely that they couldn't get the bodies out for 30 minutes.
The Abilene Reporter-News Texas 1951-06-04