Boston, MA Airliner Crashes On Take Off, Oct 1960
Skin Divers Aid.
Police issured calls for small boats and skin divers to assist in rescue operations. Several helicopters hovered over the scene, illuminating it with searchlights.
Lt. Cmdr. EVERETT COOK, USNR, said from a waterfront vantage point:
"The forward part of the plane was nose down between the boats anchored off the Winthrop Yacht Club. The thing was split wide open."
"One section was floating. I saw it sink while I watched. We saw an awful lot of baggage floating down the harbor but no sign of life."
The big craft hit the water near Cottage Park Yacht Club on the shoreline of Winthrop.
The crash was the second involving an Electra plane, which costs about $2.3 million. In the other recent crash all passengers survived when the plane struck a dike on a landing approach at New York's La Guardia airport, flipped over and burned last Sept. 14.
Eastern Airlines' office in Miami said the plane in today's crash would have proceeded to Charlotte, N.C., Greenville, S.C., and Atlanta, Ga., after stopping at Philadelphia.
In Washington, the Civil Aeronautics Board reported that seven CAB investigators have been ordered to the Boston crash scene, including LEON TANGUAY, deputy director of the board's Bureau of Safety.
The board said ARTHUR NEWMAN, investigator in the CAB Denver office, will be in charge of the crash probe.
The plane, Eastern's flight 375, left Logan at 5:45 p.m. EDT.
Crowds Slow Rescue Work.
A critical traffic jam which delayed removal of injured to hospitals developed as hundreds of curious drove to Winthrop's waterfront.
When police issued the call for skindivers and small boats they urged non-official personnel to stay away from the scene to facilitate rescue operations. Hundreds of people ignored the pleas.
A Marine Corps rookie who survived the crash said the plane started to circle after leaving the runway, then the next thing he knew he was going through a porthole. He identified himself as ALBERT NORDIN, 21, of Bridgewater, Mass.
The plane's two stewardesses were treated at Winthrop Community hospital, but there injuries were not revealed. They were identified by the airline at Miami as JOAN BERRY and T. DAVIES. They were based in Atlanta, as were the other members of the crew.
Eastern said at its headquarters in Miami that CAPT. C. W. FITTS and co-pilot M. J. CALLOWAY survived the crash but it said the flight engineer, M. N. HALL, was missing.
One of the first to reach the crash scene -- about 200 yards from land -- was Comdr. DONALD REGAN, USNR, of Winthrop, who paddled out in a kayak, a single-passenger canvas boat.
"When I got there part of the plane was still afloat," he said. "A good many of the passengers were strapped to their seats and couldn't get out. The seats were floating. I noticed that their weight was pulling them over so that their heads were in the water."
"They were all a mess -- blood, broken legs, split skulls and everything else."
REGAN said he and some others who joined him at the site of the wreckage in other small boats pulled five or six people out alive, as well as some bodies.
"We tried to get everyone who was apparently alive first," REGAN continued. "It was very difficult. With the kayak I could get right alongside the bodies and work them over to the larger boats. Then I'd get out of the kayak and work with the rowboats with the other people." One girl told him there was someone alive in the plane's tail section.
Meanwhile, at Eastern's ticket office in the terminal building, people milled around seeking information on relatives or loved ones they believed to be on the ill-fated plane.
One young woman collapsed in the office. An older woman wrung her hands and wailed, "Oh, what are we going to do? What are we going to do?"
SOLON ASKS CONGRESS PROBE ELECTRA CRASH.
Roslyn, N.Y., Oct. 4 (AP) -- Rep. STEVEN B. DEROUNIAN called tonight for an immediate congressional probe into the crash of the Electra plane in Boston Harbor.
The New York Republican sent a wire to JOHN BELL WILLIAMS chariman of the House Subcommittee on Transportation and Aeronautics, urging an immediate hearing.
"We should direct all necessary parties, including the manufacturer, to testify," DEROUNIAN added.
The Bridgeport Telegram Connecticut 1960-10-05
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