Hachita, NM Ambulance Plane Crash, Jul 1950


Man Strapped To Cot In Ambulance Plane Dies In Fire

Hachita, N. M., July 15 (AP) - A sick man strapped to a cot in an ambulance plane, burned to death when the craft burst into flames as it landed on an airfield Friday.

The victim was Lev. H. Prichard, Jr., 42, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, oil operator.

U. S. border patrolmen said the plane made a "perfect landing" but burst into flames immediately. What caused the flames was not known.

Pilot J. P. Jones, Van Nuys, Cal., was burned about the face and hands as he scrambled from the plane. A. J. Ford, Los Angeles, Cal., medical attendant, was unhurt. Dr. Andrew S. Tombs, Victoria, Tex., physician aboard the plane, also was unhurt.

The plane was on the way from Los Angeles, Cal., to San Antonio via El Paso, Texas.

Hachita is about 100 miles west of El Paso.

Newport Daily News, Newport, RI 15 Jul 1950