Bristol Bay, AK Plane Crashes On Takeoff, July 1957
HUSBANDS SEE WIVES KILLED IN WRECKAGE.
Anchorage, July 11. (AP) -- Husbands of two Washington state women were in the crowd that witnessed the Bristol Bay plane crash that killed the women and four others yesterday.
HAAKON B. FRIELE, widely known Pacific Northwest cannery operator and chain store executive, and his son, HAROLD B. FRIELE had just bid goodbye to their wives at King Salmon airport after a two-week visit.
Then the twin-engined Lockheed Lodestar plane, owned by a wealthy New York businessman, crashed and burned on takeoff killing all aboard.
Those who died included the plane's owner, V. REDFIELD VOSE, about 60, New York insurance man with real estate and cattle interests in the Virgin Islands.
The others were:
MRS. H. B. FRIELE, about 55, Bellevue, Wash., wife of the widely known Pacific Northwest cannery operator and A. & P. (grocery chain) representative.
MRS. HAROLD B. FRIELE, whose husband is assistant superintendent of the Nakeen, Alaska, cannery.
POLLY EVANS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Evans of Augusta, Ga.
EDWARD COLIGNY, the pilot, of 120 Clinton St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
RALPH HUTHES, co-pilot, same address.
The CAA said the plane reached an altitude of only about 500 feet when it nosed over, crashed and burned.
VOSE had been on a business trip to Alaska.
MRS. H. B. FRIELE and MRS. HAROLD B. FRIELE, her daughter-in-law, were returning with VOSE to Seattle after visiting their husbands in Alaska, friends in Seattle said.
VOSE owned Antilles Enterprises, a Virgin Island real estate and cattle outfit, and Bluebeard's Castle Hotel and other property at St. John's.
At Washington, D.C., the Civil Aeronautics Board reported two of its investigators flew from Anchorage to King Salmon to probe the accident. The CAB said their findings probably will not be made public for weeks until exhaustive studies are completed.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Alaska 1957-07-11