Mt. Tyler, WA Mercy Plane Crash, Jan 1952
FIVE ESCAPE DEATH AS MERCY PLANE HITS PEAK IN STORM.
Port Angeles, Wash., Jan. 21. -- (AP) -- Five crewmen of a B-17 mercy plane yesterday survived the crash of their ship on an Olympic Peninsula peak and a 1300-foot plunge down the snow-covered slope.
Parachuted searchers radioed today that they had found the bodies of two, and possibly all three others lost in the crash.
The U.S. Coast Guard reported the radio message. Reception was so poor that it was impossible to tell whether the para-medics on snow-covered Mt. Tyler reported finding the third body, or were reporting their search for the third.
The four-engined search and rescue plane was returning from the scene of a British Columbia plane crash Saturday night when it clipped the top of 6359-foot Tyler peak in a blinding snowstorm.
The ship bounded over the peak and skidded through the snow down to the 5000-foot level.
Only two of the survivors required hospitalization and they had only cuts and bruises. They were the pilot, Capt. CASIMIR F. HYBKI, 31, of Tacoma, Wash., and the crew chief, Sgt. CARL E. SCARGALL, 22, Tillicum, Wash.
Captain HYBKI said the crash came just five minutes after the crew had obtained the last "fix" on their position.
"The air was turbulent," said the pilot, "tossing the lane up 700 to 800 feet at times. A blinding snowstorm prevented seeing the mountain."
"The was a blinding flash -- we may have hit some trees first -- as the plane crashed."
Captain HYBKI and SCARGALL were thrown out together as the plane made its wild plunge. Three men "rode the wreckage all the way down."
They were Sgt. CHARLES HARTKE, radio operator from Chicago; the co-pilot, Capt. KENNETH SENTNER, of Tacoma; and Sgt. EDGAR FARMER, radar observer from Waynesboro, Ga.
Oakland Tribune California 1952-01-21