Seattle, WA Plane Crashes In Flames On Take-Off, Jan 1949
14 KILLED IN BOEING FIELD PLANE CRASH.
11 STUDENTS, CREW OF 3 DIE; 16 SAFE.
CHARTERED CRAFT CARRYING STUDENTS BACK TO YALE DESTROYED IN ATTEMPTED TAKE-OFF ON ICY FIELD.
Seattle (AP) -- A chartered plane carrying vacationing Yale students back to school crashed and burned Sunday night killing 11 students and three crewmen.
The two-engined CD-3 piled into a hangar revetment at Boeing Field a few second after its takeoff -- a takeoff a civil aeronautics administration officials said was made against control tower orders.
There were 30 aboard when the non-scheduled transport, hired by 27 Washington and Oregon Yale students to take them back to New Haven, Conn., sped down an icy runway at 10 p.m. 16 escaped, some badly burned.
Coroner JOHN P. BRILL, JR., said the one unidentified body was believed to be that of OSBJORN GEORGE REESE, 24, Seattle.
BRILL said the following bodies have been identified:
LEONARD B. WICKMAN, Belleview, Wash.
NOEL BROWN, 18, Seattle.
DAVID BRUCE HAERLES, Portland.
ROGER YOUNG, Seattle.
HARRY C. FRANZHEIM, 19, Seattle.
RUSSELL H. PALMER, 27, Vancouver, Wash.
WALLACE HARTLEY, Mercer Island, Wash.
DON LEE GARRETT, 20, Portland.
RALPH D. LAIRD, Camas.
JAMES L. BRYAN, Portland.
Capt. GEORGE WILLIAM CHAVERS, 33, Seattle, pilot.
KENNETH LOVE, 38, Seattle, co-pilot.
WILLIAM J. LELAND, owner of Seattle Air Charter.
R. D. HEDINGER, regional administrator of the CAA, said the pilot, WILLIAM CHAVERS of Seattle, was warned twice that conditions were "below minimums" required for takeoff. Witnesses said the field was glazed with ice and there was a light fog.
Survivors of the DC-3 plane crash at Boeing field Sunday night included:
JOHN C. SCHAAK, 18, Seattle, a Yale freshman.
JOHN KENDALL, JR., 20, Seattle.
GEORGE COLE, Seattle, sprained ankles.
JACK W. LIDDLE, 18, Longview, Wash., minor injuries.
DONALD CAMPBELL, 18, Selleck, Wash., possible leg fracture.
CHARLES BELKNAP, 17, Portland, Ore., cuts and bruises.
ORVILLE NELSON, 23, Bellingham, Wash., burns.
JOSEPH KNOLL, 20, Everett, Wash.
THEODORE THOMPSON, 20, Cedar Falls, Wash.
ROBERT R. ADAMS, 24, Corvallis, Ore.
RICHARD BJORK, 18, Seaside, Ore., back and face injury.
WILLIAM HOWE, Spokane, burns.
JAMES WENDELL SMITH, 18, Aberdeen, Wash.
JOHN RODERICK, Seattle.
THOMAS H. ANDERSON, Spokane.
DON LYNCH, Seattle.
"Both visibility and ceiling were below the minimums required for a takeoff," BEDINGER said. "This was told to the pilot when he asked for clearance to taxi for take-off. That was tantamount to telling him the field was closed."
Witnesses said the big plane had barely risen from the ground when a wing dipped and scraped the concrete runway. Then the ship tipped the other way, dragged its left wing, and veered into a Boeing Airplane company experimental hangar at 80 to 100 miles an hour, and burst into flames.
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