Dallas, TX Airplane Crash, Nov 1949
BENJAMIN BOGISH, a New Yorker, was aboard the plane, flying to Tucson, Ariz., for the funeral of his wife.
"I couldn't see that there was any engine trouble," BOGISH said, "but the plane seemed to be bucking as it came in."
He was one of the fortunate 18 who got out ahead of the fiery puff. BOGISH climbed out an emergency window and jumped off the wing. A broken arm was his only injury, and early in the afternoon he went aboard another American Airliner to continue his sad flight to Tucson for the funeral.
"I'm not afraid to fly again," said 57-year-old BOGISH.
The two hostesses were the only members of the crew to die. One of them, MISS MARGARET VAN BIBBER, 24, Madison, N. J., was the niece of New Hampshire's Gov. Sherman Adams. The other was a Texas girl, JOSEPHINE CADENA of San Antonio.
Among the passengers who died was Lt. Col. A. F. S. FANE, a courier for the British embassy in Washington, who was en route to Mexico City, carrying official mail. Mexico City was the ultimate destination of the ill-fated ship.
Another passenger who died was JEROME B. SHAW, 41, of Washington, director of the Negro branch of the National Employment Service, en route to Dallas to attend his mother's funeral. And there was JOSEPH S. SMITH, 29, of Albuquerque, N. M., a survivor of the Bataan death march of World War II. He was to take over a new job in Dallas, as field representative of the War Claims Commission.
In the darkness of the morning, the light of the fires in the shattered wreckage of the plane and in the flimsy buildings could be seen for miles around. Thousands of curious swarmed around and were driven back by police officers while firemen and other volunteer rescuers fought their way into the white-hot ruin of the plane.
It was dawn before the fires were brought under control.
At mid-afternoon, only 15 of the charred, blackened bodies had been identified. Funeral homes were called for dental X-ray plates from the victim's home towns, as an aid in completing their task. The remainder of the dead were only identified as "male" or "female."
From a vantage point up in the Love Field control tower, approximately a mile away, HOWARD McKENDREE was in radio contact with Captain CLAUDE.
McKENDREE said the airport lights were so dim that he could not follow closely the plane's progress but the left wing appeared to drop as it came down at the south end of the runway on what pilots call "the final approach."
San Antonio Stewardess Crash Victim
JOSEPHINE CADENA, 23, San Antonio stewardess on the American Airlines DC-16 which crashed into a Dallas chemical plant Tuesday morning, was beginning her third year with the airlines this month.
One of six sisters, she had been on the New York to Mexico City flight most of that time. She was th only flying member of the family. Her mother and five sisters survive.
The big plane was en route to Mexico and was approaching Love Field for a landing when it crashed and burned. MISS CADEN'S body was badly burned. Funeral arrangements await the arrival of a sister from Wisconsin.
San Antonio Express Texas 1949-11-30
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