San Antonio, TX Private Plane Crashes, Dec 1984


San Antonio - Four persons, including three from La Porte, were killed when their single-engine aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from San Antonio International Airport Wednesday, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The FAA and the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victims as JOHN McILVEY, 45, his 36-year-old wife, CAROL McILVEY; and the couple's 2-month-old son, ALEXANDER JOHN McILVEY, all of La Porte.
A fourth victim was identified as JOYCE SANFORD, age unavailable, of Great Britain. MRS. SANFORD was JOHN McILVOY'S mother-in-law, the FAA spokesman said.
The medical examiner's office said the victims appear to have died from multiple injuries sustained in the crash.
A cause of the accident has not been determined, but the weather is believed to have been a contributing factor. Investigators were at the scene Thursday morning attempting to determine the cause of the accident. More details were expected to be released later in the day.
The plane crashed at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, about seven minutes after takeoff, in a dumpsite about one-half mile northeast of the airport, the FAA spokesman said.
Investigators said the plane, a Mooney four-seater, single-engine aircraft, took off in fog and drizzle. It was dark and visibility was estimated at about one half mile.
JOHN McILVOY was identified as the pilot of the aircraft. He and his family had been visiting his grandfather, JACK McILVEY of San Antonio, over the Christmas holiday.
The plane was bound for Clover Field in the Friendswood area south of Houston.
Shortly after takeoff, the airport control tower lost radio and radar contact with the plane, investigators said.
The plane was located about 12 minutes after it is believed to have crashed.
Investigators believe the plane disintegrated on impact.

Baytown Sun Texas 1984-12-27