New Orleans, LA Charter Plane Crash, Jan 1968


New Orleans -- Six persons were killed Sunday when a light, twin-engine charter plane crashed into the murky waters of Lake Pontchartrain about two miles off the New Orleans shore.
A Civil Air Patrol official identified the pilot as COL. WILLIAM REID, a retired Air Force Officer flying charter flights from the Mobile, (Ala.) Air Center.
Aboard the craft were three sailors, one airman and another person also believed to be in the Air Force.
A Navy spokesman here identified four of the servicemen as Seaman Apprentice GEORGE E. BARNETTE, stationed at Service Schools Command, San Diego, Calif.
Seaman Apprentice JOHN L. BOOKER, attached to USS Tappahannock, home port San Francisco.
Seaman Apprentice ALLEN B. CHRISTIE, JR., Naval Schools Command, Treasure Island, San Francisco.
Airman 1-C RONALD LEE, Air Force, 401 Transport Squad, APO N.Y., N.Y.
The fifth serviceman was tentatively identified only as R. E. MARTIN.
The five had chartered the plane to fly to New Orleans after missing a commercial flight from Mobile.

Fresno Bee California 1968 -01-01