Ronkonkoma, NY Air Liner Crash, Apr 1955
DC6 AIR LINER CRASHES, 3 DIE.
Ronkonkoma (AP) -- A DC6 air liner crashed and burned on take-off yesterday and three United Airlines pilots were killed.
There were no passengers aboard the plane, which was making a routine pilot check flight from MacArthur Airport near here.
HENRY DOZIER, 40, of Montclair, N. J.
STANLEY C. HOYT, 45, of Hicksville.
VERNIS H. WEBB, 35, of New York City.
The four-engine plane, owned by United, was taking off at 3:51 p. m. (EST) when, about 150 feet in the air, it suddenly dived and crashed.
The big airliner exploded and caught fire. Debris was scattered over a quarter of a mile.
The bodies of the three men were brought out before the flames spread throughout the plane.
The Troy Record New York 1955-04-05