Off Miami, FL Single Engine Plane Crashes In Ocean, Mar 1958

THREE ADULTS, TWO CHILDREN ARE DROWNED IN PLANE CRASH.

DANIA FAMILY RETURNING FROM BAHAMAS TRIP.

Accident Brings To 14 Crash Victims In Miami Area.

Miami, Fla. (AP) -- A carefree day of shopping in the Bahamas ended last night with a plane crash which drowned three adults and two children.
The only survivor, FLOYD SCITES, Detroit, was rescued from the Atlantic 2 1/2 miles off Hollywood by a fishing boat.
SCITES said he and the HUGH WILKISON family of Dania, Fla., took off from Fort Lauderdale in a rented single-engine plane. They spent the day shopping in Bimini and Nassau and started back about sundown.
About 7:15 p.m., SCITES said, WILKISON, 34, who was piloting the plane, commented, "It looks like we're out of gas."
The plane began losing altitude, hit the water and sank in five minutes.
WILKISON; his wife PATRICIA, 30; their son DANA, 7; SCITES' wife DELORES, 30; and their 18-month-old daughter, DEBORAH, were drowned.
SCITES, who was hospitalized with shock and exposure, said he held DEBORAH up until his strength failed him. He reported he could find no life preservers aboard the plane.
The bodies were recovered by the same boat, the Popeye II, which rescued SCITES.
The accident brought to 14 the number of victims of Miami area plane crashes in less than 24 DC7C hurtled to the ground and hours.
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A four-engine Braniff Airlines exploded seconds after its takeoff for Panama from Miami International Airport early yesterday morning. Nine perished in that disaster which is under investigation by the Civil Aeronautics Board.
Three survivors of the Braniff crash are in critical condition at Miami hospitals. There were 24 persons aboard the airliner.

Fort Pierce News-Tribune Florida 1958-03-26