Provo, UT Baseball Star Ken Hubbs Killed In Plane Crash, Feb. 1964
PLANE DOWN; BASEBALL STAR ABOARD.
Provo (UPI) -- Wreckage of a light plane carrying Chicago Cubs star KEN HUBBS and a companion was found today on nearby Utah Lake.
Search officials said the new red and white, single-engine Cessna 172 owned and piloted by the second baseman crashed, apparently a few minutes after takeoff two days ago, a quarter mile south of Bird Island. HUBBS had taken off from Provo Airport in bad flying weather for a flight to Morrow Field near Colton, Calif.
A search plane spotted an object in the lake after a wide-spread, three state hunt was started for HUBBS' plane. A helicpoter later was sent to the lake and identified the object as HUBBS' plane.
He and a friend, DENNIS DOYLE, also of Colton, left Provo in HUBBS' plane at 10 a.m. Thursday. They were listed as missing Friday night after HUBBS' father had reported the plane had failed to arrive.
A search started in Utah, Nevada and California at dawn for the missing single-engine Cessna 172, which HUBBS purchased last year before he had qualified as a pilot.
Civil air patrol planes from Utah and Nevada searched along the route HUBBS and DOYLE might have followed. The 302nd Air Rescue Squadron at Luke Air Force Base near Phonix, Ariz., dispatched two aircraft to help.
Utah's civil aeronautics director, HARLON BEMENT, noted there had been no record of radio contact with HUBBS after takeoff, adding, "This means the plane could be fairly close."
BEMENT said HUBBS had obtained his pilot's license two weeks ago. He said the baseball player had filed no flight plan but indicated at Provo Airport he was headed for Colton.
Weather was poor and visibility low Thursday when HUBBS and DOYLE left Provo. It snowed over much of Utah that day.
The Ogden Standard-Examiner Utah 1964-02-15
Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler. Thank you, Stu!