Urbana, OH TWA Plane Crashes, Mar 1967



Urbana, Ohio (AP) -- A DC9 jetliner and a second airplane crashed today 50 miles from the scene of another airliner crash Sunday, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.
The patrol post at nearby Piqua said it was not learned whether the planes might have collided but that two definitely were down. One plane was identified as a Trans World Airlines DC9 with 25 persons aboard. No survivors were reported.
The second plane was not identified.
The sheriff's office said bodies were scattered amid the debris of the plane which fell near the resort community of Meadow Lake about five miles northwest of this central Ohio city.
R. D. KING, news editor of the Urbana Citizen, reported he found no survivors among the 21 passengers and four crew members.
A woman who lives nearby, MRS. WAYNE RINEHARTA, said she heard "what sounded like an explosion." She said the plane landed about half a mile from her house in a rural area.
Bodies and debris were reported scattered over a four-mile area. A temporary morgue was set up not far from the crash.
Reports fixed the crash scene as near Ohio Rts. 29 and 540.
TWA in Chicago identified the plane as Flight 553, which goes from New York to Chicago with a stop at Dayton, about 30 miles to the south. TWA said the 70-passenger plane had 21 aboard.
The crash scene was identified as not far from the Urbana airport, which does not have regular airline service.
TWA said the plane had left New York's LaGuardia Field with stops in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pa., en route to Dayton.
On Sunday night, a Lake Central Airlines Convair 580, -- a turboprop plane -- crashed near Kenton, killing all 38 persons aboard. Civil Aeronautics Board investigators were still probing that wreckage when they received reports of the new crash.
In Washington, a spokesman for TWA identified the crew members as Capt. KARL KOHLSAAT, First Officer DONALD BINDER, and hostesses LINDA WILDS, and C. ANDREWS, all based in Chicago.

Van Wert Times Bulletin Ohio 1967-03-09



Urbana, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's second airliner crash in five days -- the latest possibly caused by a collision with a private plane -- carried 26 persons to their death Thursday.
The DC9 Trans World Airlines jet disintegrated in flames as it approached Dayton's Municipal Airport for a landing. The private plane, a twin engine Beechcraft, fell from the sky at the same time like a wounded bird.
Only moments before, veteran airline pilot KARL B. KOHLSATT of Chicago had been warned of "unknown traffic" in his range by the Federal Aviation Agency.
Wreckage of the airliner and bodies of those aboard -- 21 passengers -- were strewn through woods and gullies nine miles west of here.
The private plane and its pilot, CYRUS H. BURGSTAHLER, 54, of Detroit, fell two miles away.
The crash was 45 miles south of where a Lake Central Airlines turbojet went down in a snow-sleet storm Sunday night with 38 aboard. All were killed.
The Civil Aeronautics Board, still investigating that tragedy, quickly turned to search for the cause of the second one. Some members of the investigating team sent here came from the scene of the earlier crash.
"We don't know what happened yet," said ED SLATTERY of the CAB at the scene. "No one saw it."
The Federal Aviation Agency refused to say there had been a collision in the air. But the DC9 had been in contact with the Federal Aviation Agency traffic control at Dayton by radar at 11:54 a.m. and BURGSTAHLER by radio with the Springfield Airport, 20 miles to the south, at 11:50 a.m.
The weather was clear and bright.
U.S. Rep. CLARENCE J. BROWN, R-Ohio, Urbana newspaper and radio station owner, said he had learned there were indications FAA radar had shown the planes on a collision course.
KOHLSATT, 40, had been with the airline since 1956. BURGSTAHLER likewise was a veteran pilot. His employer at Detroit said he had some 30 years of flying experience.
"He was considered a top pilot of small craft," said GEORGE TANN, president of the Congress Tool & Die Division of Tann Corp.
BURGSTAHLER, sales manager for the company, was flying alone from Detroit to Springfield on a business trip. TANN said he had been advised BURGSTAHLER had contacted the Springfield Airport only two minutes before the crash to reserve a car.
The airliner left New York's LaGuardia Field for Chicago, with stops at Harrisburg, Pa., and Pittsburgh, with a full load of 70 passengers. At Pittsburgh 56 debarked and 15 passengers boarded.
Residents in the crash area reported hearing one boom -- some thought it was a sonic boom -- and then an explosion.
Dayton, O. (AP) -- Four of the five Dayton men who died in Thursday's plane crash near Urbana which claimed 26 lives ironically and indirectly had devoted their careers to flying.
The four were civilian employes at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
DR. JEAN DUBOIS, 42, a native of Quebec, headed a section of the chemical research laboratory at the base. DUBOIS was a research chemist.
DR. WILLIAM C. BAHR, 30, was a professor at the base's Air Force Institute of Technology. He had been to a convention in Pittsburgh and took an earlier flight home than planned.
ROGER MORGAN, 27, was on the engineering staff of the Air Force Logistics Command, quartered at the base.
And RICHARD L. CAMPBELL, 35, was a departmental supervisor and chemist at the airfield.
Another victim from Dayton was JAMES E. BAUER, about 40, a mechanical engineer.

New York (AP) -- Trans World Airlines here released the following list of passengers aboard the jet plane which crashed Thursday near Urbana, Ohio.
Boarded at LaGuardia Airport:
GUGEL, JOHN, 5 Home Lane, Hicksville, N. Y.
FISHER, E. E., JR., 515 N. 10th St., Selinsgrove, Pa.
POLAND, S. C., 1625 W. Cook St., Springfield, Ill.
STROBEL, J. A., 1272 Prairie Rd., Fond-du-Lac, Wis.
PALMER, D. L., 244 W. 5th St., Lewiston, Pa.
CHATCHO, J., United States Marine Corps.
AUBER, MRS. G., 224 Maple Terrace, Pittsburgh.
BAHR, WILLIAM, 255 Gramercy Drive, Dayton, Ohio.
BAUER, J. E., 2906 Princeton Drive, Dayton.
CAMPBELL, R., 515 Majestic Drive, Dayton.
CLOUGH, J. J., 4207 Deepwood Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio.
DUBOIS, DR. JEAN, 7317 Winston Churchill Drive, Dayton.
DOWNEY, E. F., 1906 Pepper, Springfield, Ohio.
GRUNDMAN, W. E., 211 Northwest 20th St., Richmond, Ind.
HUMPHREYS, DR. JOHN S., 33, of Canal Road, Griggstown, N. J.
LEONARD, L. M., 1717 Shelby Drive, Springfield, Ohio.
MARKLEY, MRS. SUSAN, 220 Osborne Lane, Sewickley, Pa.
MORGAN, R. E., 5071 Worcester Dr., Dayton.
MULLAN, PAUL A., Horseback Road, Westernport, Md.
SAMOGALA, MRS. M., 224 Maple Terrace, Pittsburgh.
SCHAEFFER, A. E., 239 Ridgefield, Endicott, N. Y.
The crew members were listed as:
Capt. KARL B. KOHLSATT, 40, of 4546 North Keystone, Chicago.
First Officer DONALD N. BINDER, 30, of 3021-D Lynn Court, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Senior Stewardess LINDA LEE WILDS, 26, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wilds, 8137 West Belmont, River Grove, Ill.
Junior Hostess CAROLE ANN ANDREWS, 20, of 10154 Hartford Court, Schiller Park, Ill., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Andrews, of 12 Cottage Court, Huntington Station, N. Y.

Detroit (AP) -- "We had breakfast together this morning and now, after 25 years, he isn't coming home for dinner."
MRS. DOROTHY BURGSTAHLER spoke of her husband, CYRUS H., 54, pilot of a private plane which collided with a TWA jetliner over Ohio Thursday. Both planes crashed. BURGSTAHLER and 25 other persons died.
"I can't comprehend it yet ... After 25 years it's over; suddenly, on this beautiful day, it's over," said MRS. BURGSTAHLER, of suburban Bloomfield Hills.
Flying alone, BURGSTAHLER left Detroit City Airport in a twin-engine Beech Baron owned by his employer, Congress Tool and Die Division of Tann Corp. He was bound for Springfield, Ohio, for a business meeting.
BURGSTAHLER'S parents are DR. and MRS. H. J. BURGSTAHLER of St. Petersburg, Fla. DR. BURGSTAHLER is a retired president of Ohio Wesleyan University.
"Our most difficult job now is telling them," MRS. BURGSTAHLER said. "They are both in their 80s and in poor health."

Van Wert Times Bulletin Ohio 1967-03-10