McCall, ID Private Plane Crash July 1966



McCall, Idaho (near) Special - The sawmill manager of U.S. Plywood's Kosmos Division, CHARLES LAMBSON, 49, his wife, BETHEL, and their son, CHARLES, 23, died in a plane crash near here Sunday.
Burton Walker, Valley County Coroner, told the Daily Chronicle Monday the crash occurred Sunday at about 6 p.m. Walker also made the identification.
He said the crash was 60 miles east of McCall in a primitive area. The plane crashed in the Pistol Creek region.
According to Walker, the aircraft made a pass over a privately owned airstrip, proceeded up the Salmon River, made a turn and nosed into Pistol Creek. He said the plane apparently hit "bad air" currents. The crash site was three fourths of a mile from the airstrip.
An Associated Press account said the plane crashed and burned after take off from a deep canyon.
Walker said the senior LAMBSON was pilot of the aircraft.
Young LAMBSON was a student at the University of Washington, papers on his body indicated.
Officials said the LAMBSON plane apparently was unable to gain altitude in the afternoon heat after takeoff. It crashed when the pilot attempted to turn around.
Bodies of the three were recovered and taken to the Walker Funeral Home in McCall. Funeral arrangements are pending.
The airship is at Indian Creek on the middle fork of the Salmon River. Indian Creek is where Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and his party began their four-day river run down the middle Fork earlier this month.
Moments after the fatal crash, a plane carrying the HENRY TURNER family of Sidney, Mont., touched down at the Indian Creek airstrip, lifted off the end and went into the river. TURNER, his wife and a son were airlifted to a McCall hospital for treatment. They were released after treatment.
LAMBSON had been Kosmos sawmill manager since 1962. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Joe Gardner, Pullman; a brother, Arthur, at Port Townsend; and a second brother in Tacoma.

Daily Chronicle Centralia Washington 1966-07-25