Luther, IA Private Plane Crash, Apr 1976


Luther, IA -- Boone County sheriff's officers said HOWARD JUDSON DAVIS, 46, of 4016 Ingersoll Avenue, was killed and DANA DOWNIE, 27, of 1144 Thirty-sixth Street, was seriously injured Sunday night when their single-engine plane crashed into a bean field about four miles southeast of Luther in Boone County.
DAVIS was identified as president of Davis Realty here. DOWNIE is a photographer for the Register.
Authorities said the accident in Boone County occurred about 6:15 p.m. Sunday. They said the plane crashed into a field on the George Uthe farm.
DAVIS was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. DOWNIE was taken to Boone County Hospital, and was later transferred to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines where she was listed in stable condition Sunday night.
Ferris George of rural Luther, who said he saw the plane crash into a neighbor's field, said the plane's motor suddenly stopped. He said the pilot of the northbound plane veered the plane to the left and that it then crashed into the bean field.
It was not determined Sunday night who was flying the plane, although sheriff's officials said DAVIS was sitting in the pilot's seat. Friends said DAVIS was a veteran pilot. DOWNIE has a pilot's license.
Paul Kilzer, president of the Madrid Fire Department, said the plane was damaged in the crash, but he said it did not break apart.
"The nose and the tail were crushed pretty badly," said Kilzer. "Both people had been crushed up into the dash of the plane."
He said DOWNIE was conscious when fire rescue workers arrived. He said she apparently suffered several broken bones and severe facial lacerations.
He said the plane was a brown and yellow four-passenger plane and had the words
"experimental" on the door.

Des Moines Register Iowa 1976-04-12