Shattuck, OK Private Plane Crashes, July 1960



Shattuck, Okla. (AP) -- A single-engine plane crashed and burned, apparently while trying to land, killing all four occupants Monday.
They were identified as PAUL A. (PETE) LIGHTNER, 68, veteran sports editor of the Wichita Eagle; GARY A. HUMPHRIES, 26, a photographer on the paper; HENRY H. JACOBS, 32, a sports writer for the Eagle, and JACOBS' wife, ELEETRA, 26.
Carl Mason, co-owner of a funeral home, said all were so badly mangled and burned that positive identification would have to be made from dental plates. Billfolds belonging to JACOBS and LIGHTNER were found in the wreckage.
Officials at the Amarillo, Tex., airport said the plane left there for Wichita at 1:26 p.m., with JACOBS the pilot. They were returning from coverage of the Olympic trials in California, officials of the Wichita newspaper said.
Witnesses said the plane circled this small northwest Oklahoma farm town twice then appeared to be heading for the grass landing strip. Suddenly the plane plunged into the ground 200 yards short of the landing strip.
JACOBS joined the Eagle sports department in 1948. MRS. JACOBS had worked in the classified advertising department until a few months ago.
LIGHTNER, with the Eagle since 1919, was widely known for his column "The Morning After." His wife, LEONA, is a member of the Eagle society staff.
HUMPHRIES wife, KATHLEEN, also works for the Eagle as food editor.

Delaware County Daily Times Chester Pennsylvania 1960-07-05