Las Vegas, NV (near) Jet and Airliner Collide, Apr 1958

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The actress, then married to Clark Gable, was one of 22 persons killed, including 15 Army fliers. Her mother also perished in the crash.
The jet came down three miles away from the airliner and over a hill. The Air Force said the bodies of both airmen were in the wreckage.
After the collision, Nellis Air Force Base said, its radio men heard one report from the jet: "Mayday"
the aviator's distress call. There were a few other words, so garbled they were indistinguishable.
The radiomen said the speaker could have been saying "Flameout" or "Bailing out." A flameout is when a jet's engine quits.
Col. Bruce Hinton, in charge of the training group,
said he assumes it was a flameout, because neither man parachuted.
The jet reported in by radio, shortly before the mayday call, to obtain visual clearance to descend. It had been operating at 27,000 feet, he said.
The airliner had CAA clearance to fly to Denver at 21,000. It last reported in over Daggett, Calif., in the Mojave Desert west of Las Vegas. At that time it was at the assigned elevation.

The CAA and United Airlines identified the crew members of the airliner as follows:
Pilot, DUANE M. WARD.
First Officer ARLIN EDWARD SOMMERS.
Flight Engineer CHARLES E. WOODS.
Stewardess PAULINE MARY MURRAY, Watertown, Mass., who had been with the airline since 1957.
Stewardess YVONNE MARIE PETERSEN, 27, Sidney, Mich., who went to work for United in 1954.

The Air Force identified the jet crew as:
Capt. TOM M. CORYELL, 29, Indianapolis, Ind., the instructor.
First Lt. GERRALD D. MORAN, 24, Rapid City, S.D., the student.

The Air Force said their plane took off at 7:45 a.m. on an instrument transition mission under visual flight rules. An Air Force spokesman said it was not known which man was flying the jet at the time of the crash and it probably never would be known.
"What this plane was supposed to be doing," said Col. Hinton, "was practicing instrument training in clear weather. The guy in front is out from under the hood, and the one in back is under the hood."
"The pilot was given permission to descent on a routine penetration (by radio). He was told to go ahead. We don't know what happened then."
Air Force spokesmen explained that "a hooded pilot lands the plane by radio signals from the ground. He can either listen to beep-beep signals, going in on the beam" or he can use a tracking system in which an instrument on his panel indicates deviation lift or right as the pilot makes has approach.

PASSENGER LIST IN NEVADA CRASH.
Chicago (AP) -- United Air Lines headquarters listed the passengers on its plane which crashed in Nevada as follows:

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