Tulia, TX Private Plane Crashes, Nov 1949



(Special To The Avalanche)
Tulia, Nov. 3. - Two men died in the twisted wreckage of their borrowed Piper Cub airplane when it crashed into a field one and one-half miles south of here at 3:20 p.m. today.
The dead were identified at D. ADDINGTON, 42, operator of Chris' Café in Tulia, and EDWARD D. BADER, 35, steel construction worker from El Dorado, Ark.
Dick Bills, operator of a Tulia service station, said the light plane was owned by his brother, Bob Bills, a student at the University of Texas.

Was Working In Area.
He said BADER, reportedly a licensed pilot, had been flying the plane since he came here on June 15 with the Texarkana Steel Building Company to erect Quonset huts in the area for Hansen & Krug Construction Company of Tulia. ADDINGTON was not a pilot.
Bills said he talked with Tabor Alford, on whose farm the plane crashed. Alford said he saw the plane circling for five or 10 minutes, and then pulled up after flying low. He said the plane went into a spin and then pulled out just before nosing over and hitting the ground.
Joe W. Vaughn, working in a field one mile north of Tulia, said he saw the plane take off from Kirk Hulsey's private landing strip about 3 p.m.

Safety Belt Snapped.
Both men apparently were killed outright. Both their safety belts had been snapped by the impact of the crash. The nose of the plane was buried in the ground and the engine had been driven back to the cockpit.
Sheriff Hugh White, of Swisher County, reported the plane apparently was trying to land, hit deep furrows in the field, catapulted into the air and then flopped to the ground. It did not burn. White said the plane was demolished.
It was reported that the two men were flying to view some Quonset huts under construction in the area.

Funeral Arrangements Incomplete.
Bodies of both men were taken to the Wallace Funeral Home in Tulia. Funeral arrangements still were incomplete late tonight.
Investigating officers said ADDINGTON, a resident of Tulia for the past five years since his discharge from military service, was survived by his wife. BADER is survived by his wife and two daughters. Their names were not available late tonight.

Lubbock Morning Avalanche Texas 1949-11-04