New York City, NY Plane Crash, Sep 1967
PRIVATE PLANE PLUNGES INTO BRONX, N.Y. PARK -- SIX KILLED.
New York (UPI) -- Six persons, including a prominent Oklahoma physician and big game hunter, were reported killed Saturday when their private plant went out of control over the Bronx and crashed and burned in a park, narrowly missing a residential area.
Witnesses said the blue Cessna 320, bound from La Guardia airport in New York City to White Plains in suburban Westchester County en route to Montreal's EXPO 67, wobbled out of control in the air shortly before it crashed into St. Mary's park at 12:41 p.m. EDT. It immediately burst into flames, sending a pall of smoke over the area.
Police said the five passengers aboard the plane had been tentatively identified but the name of the pilot was not immediately known. The passengers were identified as:
DR. E. E. CHAMBERS, a surgeon and member of the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission, his wife, VIRGINIA, and his nurse, DARLENE ALEXANDER, all of Enid, Okla.
MRS. LEONARD CAPSHAW, of Oklahoma City, identified as DR. CHAMBERS' mother.
MRS. PAUL MURPHY, the wife of a Wichita, Kan., physician.
A spokesman for Butler Aviation Inc., which processes private flight at La Guardia, said the airplane was "on course" for Westchester County Airport when it went down. It had arrived at La Guardia earlier in the day with only the pilot aboard and had been refueled before the five passengers arrived and went aboard.
The spokesman said it was carrying a full load of 132 gallons of high-octane fuel when it left the airport.
Three persons were reported slightly injured on the ground in the crash. They were a policeman, a fireman and a bystander. Rescue workers were hampered by a crowd of several hundred persons who surged around the crash scene.
Federal Transportation Board investigators moved in to inspect the wreckage.
Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1967-09-17