Marshall, TX Airliner Crash Near Airport, May 1953
ABILENE MOTHER, BABY DIE IN AIRLINER CRASH.
19 KILLED AS PLANE FALLS AT MARSHALL.
Marshall, Tex., May 17 (AP) -- A loaded Delta Airlines plane plunged to the ground 13 miles east of here this afternoon in a blinding thunderstorm, killing at least 19 persons.
MRS. J. W. COX of Panama City, Fla., was the only known survivor.
Two other persons were brought to the hospital here but died soon afterwards.
The two-motor DC3 was en route from Dallas to Shreveport and only six minutes flying time from the Shreveport field when it went down. A report from the pilot two minutes before the crash made no mention of trouble.
Heads Toward Storm.
Garland Clark, who lives near the Marshall Airport, said one motor on the plane was idle when it flew over at about 500 feet. He thought it was going to land at the Marshall airport, but instead it headed eastinto an approaching dark storm cloud.
MRS. COX said she did not know what happened.
"We ran into a terrific rainstorm and I dozed off," she said in the hospital here. "When I woke up the plane was turning over and over and everyone was screaming. The next thing I remember was coming to in a puddle of water with a dying man beside me."
MRS. COX was in a semi-conscious condition with a serious head injury and a broken leg. Doctors said here she had a good chance to survive.
MRS. COX said she was en route to Jackson, Miss., to meet her husband who is in the Air Force. She said the couple planned to take a vacation in Florida before he was sent overseas.
In Atlanta the Delta-Chicago & Southern Airlines identified the baby as JESSE DAVID FINCHER, approximately 2 months old, son of MRS. R. H. FINCHER, who boarded in Abilene.
The airline also listed the names of 19 adults aboard.
One of the victims was the national president of the Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity, HARVEY T. NEWELL, JR., of Meridian, Miss. NEWELL, about 39, was a vice president and general manager of the NEWELL Paper Co., and a director of the First National Bank of Meridian.
Harrison County Judge Paul W. Warren said there were 20 persons aboard the plane, including a small baby, and MRS. COX was the only survivor.
"I don't see how anyone survived," said Millard Cope, publisher of the Marshall News Messenger. "The wreckage was scattered all over that area. Apparently it did not catch fire afterwards. I've heard reports there was a explosion after the crash but I don't know."
The crash was about one mile off heavily traveled U. S. Highway 80, a few miles west of the Texas-Louisiana border.
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