Lakeland, FL Airliner Crash, Oct 1945


Lakeland, Fla. -- (AP) -- A National AIrlines plane crashed into Lake Parker after overshooting the Lakeland airport today, carrying two passengers to their deaths.
Thirteen others, including the pilot and co-pilot, were rescued by boat, crawling from the wreckage plane which was submerged in 12 feet of water in the middle of the lake.
The body of a man, tentatively identified as Florida State Senator HARRISON E. BARRINGER was recovered from the wreckage by divers several hours later. Also reported missing is MRS. E. BOWEN of Pineville, La.
The ship, on a regular flight from Miami to Jacksonville, reportedly was carrying 12 passengers, and three crew members when it plunged into the waters at about 1:30 a.m. eastern standard time.
In addition to Senator BARRINGER and MRS. OWEN, the passenger list released by the airline showed the following passengers aboard:
Ensign M. W. JENNINGS, Kuttawa, Ky.
B. LIVINGSTON, New Orleans.
L. A. NUFF, Tampa.
MRS. J. BROWN, Leigh, Okla.
Pvt. R. HARRISON, Pittsburgh.
MRS. JAMES McHENRY, Baltimore.
MISS M. BAXTER, MISS T. M. POTTER and MRS. F. C. FUMDINGSLAND, all of St. Petersburg.
The survivors were taken to a Lakeland hospital, suffering from cuts and bruises.

Evening Independent Massillon Ohio 1945-10-05