Jacksonville, FL Private Plane Crash On Take Off, Nov 1963


Jacksonville (UPI) -- Two Jacksonville men were killed early Saturday when a light plane they were flying struck power lines just after take-off, crashed and burned.
The aircraft plunged into a wooded area between two groups of houses in a new subdivision east of the city limits after taking off from Creig Field.
Police said CALVIN MILES, JR., 34, was thrown from the small plane and died instantly. The other victim, identified from papers as JAMES ERNEST WERNER, JR., was found badly burned in the wreckage.
Shortly before the crash, airport officials said they called police to tell them someone was riding up and down the runway in a single-engine plane.
Police said the plane which crashed sheared off the tops of several trees before it plunged into the ground.
"I heard the plane come overhead, than all the lights went out. Then I saw a lot of flames," said an all-night service station attendant.
Police said it was not clear immediately who owned the plane.

Panama City News Herald Florida 1963-11-17