Visalia, CA Four Die In Plane Crash, Apr 1938
MISSING PLANE FOUND NEAR VISALIA; 4 DIE.
CRAFT HITS MOUNTAIN DURING RAINSTORM; THREE WOMEN VICTIMS.
Visalia, April 27. -- (UP) -- The bodies of three women and a man were removed today from the wreckage of their white cabin airplane which crashed into the side of Sunday Peak in Sequoia National Forest in a blinding rainstorm Monday morning.
Forest rangers found the plane today, lying upright and partially buried in a snowbank. The four bodies were in the wrecked ship. Cecil Meadows, superintendent of the Bakersfield Airport, sighted the wreckage from his searching plane as the rangers approached.
Those aboard the ship were DR. O. L. LAMBERT, an amateur pilot, MRS. LAMBERT, MISS DOROTHY DAVIS and MRS. FRANK BLAIN, mother of MRS. LAMBERT, all of Visalia.
Coroner N. C. Houze of Bakersfield took charge of the bodies. They were removed by ambulance to Bakersfield. Forest Ranger W. W. Snider at the Fulton Ranger Station near Glennville first reported finding of the plane by telephone.
The plane crashed at an elevation of about 4400 feet.
The party took off for Visalia from Furnace Creek Inn at Death Valley, colorful home of Death Valley Scotty, at 5 a.m., Monday, and apparently crashed two hours later.
The search was centered near Glenville in the Greenburn Mountains, 45 miles northwest of Bakersfield, where a score of residents heard a plane in distress in an intense rainstorm Monday morning.
The four passengers must have been killed instantly when the small cabin plane crashed, Snider said. None of the bodies was thrown clear of the ship. He said the plane apparently was flying due east along Sandy Creek when it plunged through a clump of oak trees and into the base of a huge sequoia tree on the side of Sunday Peak.
Two men had reported they saw the Lambert plane flying low over Glenville, apparently in distress. They said the ship's motor was missing fire.
MISS DAVIS, 1932 "sweetheart" of the Visalia Rodeo, lost her brother, Lieutenant Jeff Davis, Army aviator, in an air crash several yearas ago. His body was not found.
Search for the missing plane was hampered because of its color -- all white. The mountainous district in which it dropped is covered with snow.
Snow that fell after March 1 had disrupted search for a TWA craft that disappeared en route to Winslow, Ariz.
Dr. Lambert rented the white monoplane from Sol Sweet, Visalia aviator.
Oakland Tribune California 1938-04-27