Urbana, OH TWA Plane Crashes, Mar 1967



Urbana, Ohio (AP) -- A DC9 jetliner and a second airplane crashed today 50 miles from the scene of another airliner crash Sunday, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

The patrol post at nearby Piqua said it was not learned whether the planes might have collided but that two definitely were down. One plane was identified as a Trans World Airlines DC9 with 25 persons aboard. No survivors were reported.

The second plane was not identified.

The sheriff's office said bodies were scattered amid the debris of the plane which fell near the resort community of Meadow Lake about five miles northwest of this central Ohio city.

R. D. KING, news editor of the Urbana Citizen, reported he found no survivors among the 21 passengers and four crew members.

A woman who lives nearby, MRS. WAYNE RINEHARTA, said she heard "what sounded like an explosion." She said the plane landed about half a mile from her house in a rural area.

Bodies and debris were reported scattered over a four-mile area. A temporary morgue was set up not far from the crash.

Reports fixed the crash scene as near Ohio Rts. 29 and 540.

TWA in Chicago identified the plane as Flight 553, which goes from New York to Chicago with a stop at Dayton, about 30 miles to the south. TWA said the 70-passenger plane had 21 aboard.

The crash scene was identified as not far from the Urbana airport, which does not have regular airline service.

TWA said the plane had left New York's LaGuardia Field with stops in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pa., en route to Dayton.

On Sunday night, a Lake Central Airlines Convair 580, -- a turboprop plane -- crashed near Kenton, killing all 38 persons aboard. Civil Aeronautics Board investigators were still probing that wreckage when they received reports of the new crash.

In Washington, a spokesman for TWA identified the crew members as Capt. KARL KOHLSAAT, First Officer DONALD BINDER, and hostesses LINDA WILDS, and C. ANDREWS, all based in Chicago.

Van Wert Times Bulletin Ohio 1967-03-09


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