Jellico, TN Private Plane Crash, Apr 1962



Jellico, Tenn. (AP) - Five persons returning from a Florida vacation died when their plane crashed and burned in the rugged Cumberland Mountains.
The twin-engine Beechcraft smashed into a 2,000-foot mountain Sunday about 50 miles north of Knoxville.
Federal Aviation Agency officials listed the victims as:
JAMES J. CLEMENS, 37, the pilot, of Norridge, Ill.
ELMER SZANTAY, 46, of Chicago.
MARIE SZANTAY, 13, his daughter, of Chicago.
MRS. ELIZABETH SZANTAY, 70, his mother, of Chicago.
S. WAYNE WEIGER, 61, Findlay, Ohio.
SZANTAY was owner of Sandee Manufacturing Co., a Chicago plastics firm, and CLEMENS was sales manager of the firm.
Friends said SZANTAY, who was divorced and had four other daughters, purchased the plane two weeks ago. CLEMENS is survived by the widow and four children.
The plane was en route to Chicago from Miami, where the victims had been vacationing. The plane apparently developed engine trouble.
Clayton Hicks, a sawmill worker, said he heard the aircraft flying low over his house about 10 a.m. Sunday.
"I came out on the porch, looked up and saw the plane," he said. "I heard one engine cut out and the other raced up real loud."
"I knew the plane was going to crash. The other motor cut out and the plane went into a tailspin and came straight down."

Mt. Vernon Register-News Illinois 1962-04-02


Chicago newspapers reported

Chicago newspapers reported that the pilot was actually Elmer Szantay.