McGrath, AK Transport Plane Crashes, June 1957
TWO KILLED, TWO HURT IN ALASKA USAF CRASH.
Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) -- Two airman were killed and two others were injured seriously Monday night when an Air Force transport plane ferrying personnel and equipment to Alaska radar sites crashed near McGrath.
Five other airmen aboard the twin-engined C47 received minor cuts and bruises when the plane crashed a quarter of a mile short of the McGrath airstrip and burst into flames.
The names of the dead and the two seriously injured airmen were withheld.
The five who escaped with cuts and bruises were identified as:
Airman 1C JAMES BJORKMAN, Cheyenne, Wyo.
A3C CHARLES E. MORGAN, Jr., Morganstown, W.Va.
A3C BURTON E. STACY, Berryville, Ark.
A3C LINWOOD A. MILLER, Mahnton, Pa.
A3C ROBERT KILLIAN, Shippensburg, Pa.
The plane, stationed with the 5001st Operations Squadron at Ladd Air Force Base, Fairbanks, was on a 20-mile flight from Tatalina to McGrath, 290 miles southwest of here on the Kuskokwim River.
The pilot radioed shortly after taking off that one engine was acting up.
Port Angeles Evening News Washington 1957-06-04