Fallon, NV Navy Transport Crashes, Apr 1961


Fallon, Nev. (AP) -- Six persons were killed and 12 injured, three critically, in the take-off crash of a Navy R4D transport plane at the Fallon Naval Air Auxiliary Station Tuesday.

The plane was flying to Alameda, Calif., Naval Air Station from Grosse Isle Field near Detroit, Mich. It had made an overnight stop at Fallon.
Lt. Cmdr. JOHN JACOBSEN said the two-engined aircraft got only 10 feet off the runway. Some of the survivors fled the fiery wreckage. A crash truck team rescued others.

Authorities at Alameda Naval Air Station said all six victims were Navy reservists. Their names were withheld.

Three of the most critically hurt were airlifted to Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif. They were identified as Lt. Cmdr. GERALD K. MENXL; Lt. THOMAS SMITH and Chief PAUL KOLOWSKI.
The aircraft was on a training mission. It had dropped off members of a Navy squadron at Fallon. It was continuing to Alameda with a crew of four and 14 passengers.

In a crash Monday night at Fallon, a Navy pilot was killed when he bailed out of his F9F Cougar jet while approaching the air station. The Navy identified the victim as Naval Air Reserve Lt. ROBERT McGONAGIL, 38, of Northbrook, near Glenview, Ill. He was killed when he struck the ground in rough winds.

The dead:
Lt. Cmdr. VERN A. MOEHRING of Wyandotte, Mich. He leaves his widow and three children.
ALEX F. McCOSKY, Dearborn, Mich, chief aviation mechanic, leaves widow and three children.
WILLIAM J. KUENNE, Detroit, chief aviation bosun's mate, leaves widow and three children.
ROLAND J. CALDWELL, Dearborn, Mich., aviation mechanic, 1st class, widow and three children.
CHARLES R. GOODWIN, Warren, Mich., aviation structural mechanic, 3rd class.
MICHAEL ISOLA, 21, Grosse Isle, Mich., aviation electronics technician, 3rd class.

The Greeley Daily Tribune Colorado 1961-04-19