Bryce Canyon, UT Plane Smashes Into Plateau, Oct 1947
PROBERS SEEK AIR DISASTER CAUSE.
DC-6 FLOWN TO TRAGEDY SCENE FOR COMPARISON.
BODIES OF 52 VICTIMS TAKEN FROM CRASH AREA.
Bryce Canyon, Utah. Oct. 25 -- (U.P.) --Investigators today had a new DC-6 flown to Bryce Canyon to compare the intact craft with its sister ship that crashed here yesterday killing 52 persons.
The new ship will be taken as close as possible to the spot on the Bryce Canyon plateau where United Air Lines' trip 608 ended in flaming tragedy.
As the investigators pick up pieces of the broken, burned craft, whey will be taken over by the other DC-6 and "matched -- if possible." a Douglas Aircraft company spokesman said.
Crash Area Checked.
"That's about the only way they can tell where the parts fit," he explained.
At the same time inspectors were checking over the crash area and the final path of the plane as its pilot tried desperately for 11 minutes to fight an aerial fire and reach the emergency field.
From the charts, the investigators hoped to be able better to know what caused the fire and how rapidly it spread in the sealed rear baggage compartment.
The bodies of 50 adults and two babies lay on the frost-covered ground until mid-morning today, when the grim task of removing them to a mortuary in Richfield, Utah, 72 miles north of Bryce Canyon, began.
The bodies were placed in crates and loaded on trucks for the trip to Richfield. Actually few of the bodies were whole. Most of the crates were filled with body parts that would be assembled in the mortuary.
By noon, 18 crates of bodies or parts had been picked up.
Officials said they would not even attempt to establish the identity of the bodies until they were in the morturary. They said that dental charts would be the best aid in the identification -- the bodies were so badly burned and mangled.
After identification is established at Richfield, the bodies will be sent to the victims' homes.
Guards, braving sub-freezing weather, remained around the wreckage all night, making sure that the maroon-blanket covered corpses were not disturbed.
The investigators from many agencies and companies started their probe with a "policy" committee meeting. At the meeting, the procedure to be followed during the twin task of investigating the accident cause and identifying the dead was outlined.
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