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Vandalia, IL Private Plane Crashes In Town, Aug 1951



Vandalia, Ill., Aug. 27 (AP) -- A small plane came apart over Vandalia today and crashed into a street, killing its four occupants.
The plane whirled around and around, lost a wing and plunged into a car parked near the business district. The car was unoccupied. Part of the plane fell on a house.
The dead were identified by Civil Aeronautica authorities in Peoria as J. R. FILOR, ELIZABETH N. FILOR, and two boys, about 11 and 13 years old, from the Yole Ranch at Camp Wood, Ariz.
A check showed the couple spent last night in St. Louis en route to Pittsburgh. They had filed a flight plan at Prescott, Ariz., home base of the craft.
The Beechcraft Bonanza crashed through trees on South Sixth street, near a cemetery.
Two fire trucks stood by as rescue workers pried the victim's bodies from the wreckage, which did not take fire.
Several residents of Vandalia, in south central Illinois about 70 miles east of St. Louis, reported hearing the plane circling the city about 9 a.m. (CST).

Logansport Press Indiana 1951-08-28

article | by Dr. Radut