Malaga, NJ Private Plane Crash, July 1970


A Cornwells Heights mother, her two sons and her brother were killed yesterday afternoon when their light plane plunged into the South Jersey woods near a relative's Franklin Township farm.
The leased single-engine plane left the Flying Dutchman Airport in Langhorne at 11 a.m. headed for the Downstown Airport on Route 40 near Malaga in Cloucester County, when the crash occurred at 12:15 p.m.
State police identified the victims as MRS. FLORENCE E. SIMON, 47, of 1442 Street Road, her two sons, WAYNE, 22, the pilot and ROY, 23, and the woman's brother ANDREW J. FOREPUGH, 50.
State police at Malaga Township barracks said the four were pronounced dead on arrival at Newcomb Hospital in Vineland.
Witnesses to the crash said the four seater Piper Cherokee 180 turned over end over end at an altitude of about 2,000 feet and then dove into the trees.
Police said they also had received a call before it went down. The plane, which was demolished, crashed almost straight down. Few of the tall trees were damaged, police said.
First to arrive at the scene were members of the Forest Fire Service, stationed nearby. They removed the victims from the wreckage.
Police said WAYNE E. SIMON, was in the pilot's seat and his brother ROY was beside him. ROY SIMON had a camera around his neck which led many to believe he may have been taking pictures, perhaps of the family's farm.
Police said the four were on their way to meet ROBERT FOREPUGH of Tuckahoe Road, Franklin Township, another brother.
ROBERT FOREPUGH, who owned the farm which is near the private airport, was on the ground at the facility waiting for the craft to land when he learned of the tragedy.
Police said the foursome rented the plane for the afternoon to visit ROBERT FOREPUGH'S farm.
Both of the young men were graduates of Bensalem Township High School. ROY, friends said, was interested in obtaining a pilot's license.
The family is survived by the father, SAMUEL SIMON, a former Navy navigator who also had expressed a desire to learn to fly.
A relative at the SIMON home this morning said funeral arrangements are incomplete.
A Federal Aviation Administration investigation is expected to begin today to determine the exact cause of the accident.

Bucks County Courier Times Levittown Pennsylvania 1970-07-13