North Collins, NY Private Plane Crash, June 1956

FATHER, DAUGHTER DIE WHEN PLANE CRASHES, EXPLODES.

North Collins, N.Y., June 17 (AP) -- The president of a Buffalo restaurant chain and his 14-year-old daughter were killed today when their single-engine plane crashed and exploded near this Erie County village.
The victims were ROSS T. WESSON, 50, president and co-founder of the Your Host restaurants, and his daughter, KAREN ANN.
Authorities said the plane crashed and exploded about 6 a.m., about 25 feet from a farm house in which three persons were sleeping.
The occupants of the house were unhurt. They were JOHN DOMIZIO, 78, his wife, CAROLINE, 76, and their son, JOSEPH, 30. The house was damaged slightly.
WESSON and his daughter were en route to Dallas, Tex., where WESSON had planned to attend a meeting of the National Restaurant Assn., of which he was a director.
The cause of the crash was not determined immediately.
WESSON had taken off in his Beechcraft Bonanza from the Buffalo Airpark in Gardenville near Buffalo, 25 miles north of here, about a half-hour before the crash.
KAREN ANN, a student at Linden Hall School in Lititz, Pa., was flying to Texas with her father to visit an aunt.
FRED A LOICONO, a resident of a house near the scene of the crash, said he was awakened by the sound of the plane's engine and looked out the window when the engine "seemed to cut out."
He said he saw the plane "come straight down to the ground and explode."

The Oneonta Star New York 1956-06-18