Houston, TX Commuter Airplane Crash, Mar 1980
HOUSTON AIRPLANE CRASH KILLS 7 PERSONS.
Houston (AP) - The pilot radioed that his engine had failed. Then the twin-engine commuter airliner smashed into a hanger and burst into flames, killing seven of the 10 persons aboard, officials say.
Airport workers scurried to pull survivors from the burning wreckage after the plane crashed Friday night on takeoff from Houston's Hobby Airport.
Three persons aboard the Eagle Commuter Airlines, Inc., plane were listed in fair and satisfactory condition at city hospitals.
The pilot of the Eagle plane, bound for Waco, radioed just before the crash that the aircraft had developed engine trouble, said air traffic controller Boyce Tate.
"He ... told us he lost his right engine. The crash happened so fast he didn't have time to say anything else. He was real low," said Tate.
Deputy Fire Chief R. L. Clayton said the aircraft plunged in the ground, struck a parked helicopter,
a small plane and four parked cars, then slammed into a hangar and burst into flames.
Hangar workers rushed to pull the injured away from the wreckage.
"A bunch of brave people around here rushed over and started pulling people out before the flames got too bad," said Bill Lange, who was walking into the hangar when the plane crashed.
Witnesses said the flames shot to the roof of the hangar.
The survivors - identified as DAVID McGEE, 22, of San Antonio; WILLIS JACKSON, 31, of Houston; and SAMIR FOTEH, 24. McGEE and JACKSON were listed in fair condition and FOTEH was listed as satisfactory.
The Paris News Texas 1980-03-23
Names of the Casualties:
VIRGIL SAVOY, 47, of Brownwood, died 2 hours after the crash in a local hospital.
WALTER J. MATHISON, 33, Pilot, of Goleta, California.
JUD ROACH, 32, Co-Pilot, of Hico, Texas.
REMBERT HOUSTON WOODRIDGE, 56, Waco, Texas.
RONALD DWIGHT HANCOCK, 35, Axtell, Texas.
PETER CARA STENBACK, 24, Houston, Texas.
STANLEY M. GLASSMAN, 54, Hauppauge, New York.