Clanton, AL Plane Crash Kills Three, June 1954
2 DIE IN FIERY PLANE CRASH.
Clanton, Ala. (AP) - Two members of a well known southern singing group and the son of a local banker died last night in a fiery plane crash that brought Chilton County's annual Peach Festival to a tragic end.
The death of R. W. BLACKWOOD, 32, and BILL LYES, 33, both of Memphis, broke up a vocal quartet known through the Mid-South as the Blackwood Brothers. Also killed was 18-year-old JOHN OGBURN, son of Clanton banker J. Archie Ogburn, who founded the gala festival.
The two singers were among several groups scheduled to take part later last night in events climaxing the five-day celebration. The deaths brought the show to a premature close.
The twin-engine plane hit a bump on the runway at the small municipal field, spectators said, and flopped over and exploded in flames. Intense heat kept rescuers from recovering the bodies immediately.
The News Tribune Fort Pierce Florida 1954-07-01