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."
Seriously Injured.
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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DC-3 Crash, Waskom, Tx

Hi Charles:
This week will mark the 60th anniversary of the crash of Delta flight 318. I wonder if you were able to get a marker up in the area of the crash? Barry

I certainly appreciate the

I certainly appreciate the two responses about the location of this crash site. The passenger list has Miss Hudson's home as "Dayton" Mills, S.C. It should be Drayton Mills which is within the city limits of Spartanburg. Drayton Mills was one of four that operated in Spartanburg before all those jobs were lost to foreign countries. I had an aunt who used to work with Miss Hudson. I can remember visiting her grave many times with my aunt. She always told us the story of this tragic event. When I was in high school, I looked up this crash in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. There was an informative article with her picture. She was a very beautiful young woman. Recently I took my son and grand son to visit Miss Hudson's grave which is only a short distance from my parents and grandparents. I retold the story just as I heard it all my childhood. I do hope that someone will mark this site so that anyone can find it if they want to in the future. If someone would go out there with a GPS unit and write down the coordinates that would insure a way to locate it. Feel free to write at blbretired@att.net. Thank you for remembering. Barry

Location of crash sight

I'm sorry to inform you that the crash sight is not marked off, I was a small child when this crash occured however my parents were near the area and went to the sight to see if there were suvivors they may assist. The exact location is located in Waskom, Texas, after reading your question I think it should be landmarked in memory of those who lost their lives on that horrible day. I will take it upon myself to see what I can do to make it happen.
Waskom is a small town located just as you cross the Texas, Louisiana stateline on Hwy 80 and/or interstate 20, were between Shreveport La. and Marshall Texas. If you ask anyone over the age of 50 living in Waskom can give you information about that sad day.

God Bless,

Charles

plane crash near marshall.texas

THE SITE OF THE CRASH IS NOT MARKED. IT IS JUST OFF OF HARRISON COUNTY ROAD NAMED IRA WILLIAMS ROAD WHICH IS SOUTH OF I-20 WEST OF WASKOM TEXAS. THE MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER DID AN ANNIVERSARY STORY ON THIS CRASH PROBABLY IN 2003. YOU MAY FIND SOME DETAILS BY LOOKING IN THEIR ARCHIVE SECTION.

Question, Please

Would aynone know if the crash site of this flight has been marked in anyway so that someone could locate it and visit the spot where this happened? Thank you so much. I have visited Ms. Hudson's grave many times in Spartanburg, S.C.