Palm Beach, FL Air Force Transport Crash, Aug 1956


Palm Beach Air Force Base, Fla. (UP) -- Three crewmen were killed and three critically injured Tuesday night when a lumbering C124 troop transport crashed and burned while attempting an emergency landing.
Air Force officials were not certain how three of the crew members survived the crash, but said their escape was "almost miraculous."
Apparently, they were hurled free of the four-engine plane when it smashed into a field, then rushed to a hospital by an unidentified civilian, one official said.
Two of the other bodies were recovered from the smouldering wreckage and a third was found in a field near the crash scene.
Identities of the dead and injured crewmen were withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The Air Force said the Globemaster, which can carry 200 fully equipped troops, was on a routine training mission when the crash occurred. The plane was attached to the 1740th Air Transport Squadron at this south Florida base.

The Weirton Daily Times West Virginia 1956-08-22