Fredericksburg, TX Private Plane Crash, Dec 1965


Fredericksburg, Tex. -- Three persons -- one of them DR. CHARLES H. BALLEW of Cisco -- died when a single-engine private plane crashed and burned in a heavily wooded section about 11 miles northwest of here.
The plane and bodies were discovered early Thursday by rancher Kurt Kramer as he took two deer hunters to their hunting blinds.
The three bodies were burned beyond recognition and Texas highway patrolmen said they were unable to identify them by articles in the wreckage strewn area.
Dental records, a pair of red socks and hunting boots were used to identify one of the bodies as that of DR. BALLEW, 38, Cisco physician for about 10 years and father of four children.
Minutes after Circo police telephoned the dental records of DR. BALLEW to Kerrville Highway Patrol, Justice of the Peace G. B. Worley confirmed the identification of DR. BALLEW.
Schaetter Funeral Home in Fredericksburg has charge of the bodies. An official there identified them as DR. BALLEW; RAYMOND EARL LOVELL, 27, of Wichita Falls, the pilot; and JAMES EDWARD INGRAM, SR., 34, of Bowie.
The trio was on a hunting trip when the crash occurred.
DR. BALLEW'S body will be sent to Higginbotham Funeral Home in Rising Star early Friday morning.
Highway patrolmen said the portion of an aircraft license member found in the wreckage had been traced and it was believed the flight originated in Wichita Falls. The destination was not known.
In Wichita Falls the Ray Gardner Flying Service said the plane apparently was a Beechcraft Bonanza rented from it by RAYMOND EARL LOVELL, 27, a welder, of Wichita Falls.
The service said LOVELL left Wichita Falls on route to Bowie, but did not file a flight plan.
Patrolmen said the plane apparently crashed some time Wednesday night.
Dr. Don Brown, local physician who said he was acting for the Federal Aviation Administration in the preliminary investigation, said there were indications the three persons died in the crash, before fire started.
The plane, a single engine, four-place craft, sheared tree tops and brush along a 150 yard path through the rough terrain. Several trees in the vicinity caught fire and burned.

Abilene Reporter News Texas 1965-12-31