Holland, MI Private Plane Crash, Oct 1953
SMALL PLANE PILOT KILLED IN CRASH NEAR HOLLAND.
FRIEND ON GROUND WITNESSES EVENT; COMPANION INJURED.
OFFICERS AT SCENE TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO GUARD AGAINST FIRE.
A pilot was killed and his companion seriously injured when their rented Cessna plane crashed into a cornfield about 4:30 p.m. Saturday about six miles south of Holland.
RALPH P. FUCHS, 33, of 4338 Albany Ave., Chicago, was killed instantly in the crash, his death due to a skull fracture and lung puncture. His companion, EMIL KUPISCH, 31, Bensenville, Ill., was in fair condition today in Holland hospital. His injuries consist of a fractured right leg, face lacerations and possible abdominal injuries. Hospital authorities said he showed slight improvement today.
The crash occurred in a cornfield on the George Den Uyl farm on Tucker Road about a mile northwest of US-31. Witnessing the crash was Solomon D. Jacob with whom the two Illinois men had planned to go hunting. They had called Jacob the previous evening from Chicago and asked about hunting licenses in Michigan.
Jacob said he heard a plane overhead Saturday afternoon and went out to see if it carried his Illinois visitors. The plane circled low and then crashed while dipping the left wing. Officers learning later that FUCHS was attempting to signal Jacob to pick up the pair at Park Township airport. Guns and shells were in the plane.
The plane fortunately did not catch fire, and officers on the scene were particular about cigarettes. The left wing, left wheel and left side of the fuselage were considerably damaged. The plane did not flip over.
It was the second plane wreck for the Illinois firm which rented the planes in two weeks, officers learned. Two weeks ago the firm rented a plane to another pair to go hunting in Minnesota. The plane crashed and both hunters were killed.
Investigating the crash were Troopers William Ogden and Walter Bilanow of the South Haven state police post, Fillmore Deputy Henry Bouwman and Coroner William Ten Brink of Hamilton.
Ten Brink said the body was taken by train to Chicago this morning. He said FUCHS is the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Fuchs of Chicago. KUPISCH is married and has three children.
FUCHS' body was taken to Forman Funeral Home in Chicago, with burial to be made in Memory Gardens.
The crash was not responsible for a power failure in the locality of the crash which blacked out the area for several hours. The plane cleared electrical wires by at least 20 feet, witnesses said.
Holland Evening Sentinel Michigan 1953-10-26