Goodnight, TX Plane Crashes, Dec 1947

VICTIMS OF PLANE CRASH IDENTIFIED.

CRAFT PLUNGES TO EARTH AND BURNS NEAR GOODNIGHT EARLY TUESDAY NIGHT.

Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 3. (AP) - Five persons were identified today as victims of a fiery two-engine private plane crash in a pastureland ravine near Goodnight, Texas, last night.
Searchers had probed the wreckage during the night to search of a possible sixth victim. But, Harry Womack, funeral home director at Clarendon, Texas, said a telephone call to California had established that only five persons were in the plane.
Womack explained that the bodies were badly mutilated.
Those killed were identified as:
MR. and MRS. W. RAHN, of Santa Ana, Calif.
their daughter and son-in-law, MR. and MRS. MARSHALL O. SEARLE, and their infant daughter.
Their bodies will be sent to California today.
SEARLE was identified as president of the Searle Aero Industries, Inc., Orange, Calif.
Residents of Goodnight, about 40 miles southeast of Amarillo, said the plane circled over house tops of the little community, apparently in difficulty. A few minutes later they heard the crash and then saw smoke and flames.
Bodies of the victims were scattered over a large area.

The Vernon Daily Record Texas 1947-12-03