Oklahoma City, OK Private Plane Crash, Jan 1965
PLANE CRASH KILLS THREE OKLAHOMANS.
Oklahoma City (AP) -- A single engine plane crashed soon after takeoff today from Wiley Post AIrport here, killing all three men aboard.
The victims were identified as:
KENNETH FRANKLIN WEST, 42, the pilot.
ROBERT JOY ASHTON, 27.
Army Pfc. MARVIN CHARLES RADER, 20, all of Alva.
WEST operated a flying service at Alva and Rader was on emergency leave from Ft. Benning, Ga., because of the death Sunday of his brother.
The plane, a Cessna 182, apparently experienced engine trouble as it took off from the airport on Oklahoma City's far northwest side, the Highway Patrol said.
The plane nosedived into a wheat field directly west of the control tower of the secondary airport. The tower was closed for the night when the crash occurred and there was light fog over the area.
One body was found about 20 feet from the wreckage and the other two victims were in the plane cabin.
All three men were pronounced dead when taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital.
The Federal Aviation Agency conducted an investigation.
RADER had come to Oklahoma City after his brother, ROBERT RAYMOND RADER, was killed in an automobile accident at Mountain View, Calif. ROBERT RADER'S body is scheduled to be returned to Oklahoma Wednesday.
The plane was en route to Alva.
Ada Evening News Oklahoma 1965-01-05