Syracuse, NY Private Plane Crash, May 1966
LIGHT PLANE CRASH FATAL TO FOUR ABOARD AT SYRACUSE AIRPORT.
Syracuse (UPI) - Four persons, two men and two women, were killed late Sunday when their Cessna 172 Skyhawk crashed into high tension power lines near Hancock Memorial Field north of here.
State police identified the victims as:
DONALD MONNIER, 28, the pilot.
BRUCE HUTCHINSON, 22.
and DONNA MARIE HUTCHINSON, 17, all of Oriskany.
and SANDRA LEE STOREY, 18, of Westmoreland.
It was the second accident involving the death of four persons over the weekend. Four were killed Saturday when a stolen car and another auto crashed head-on in the Ontario County community of East Bloomfield.
State police said they started looking for the wreckage after the airport tower reported a plane approaching for a landing did not touch down.
Charles Pickard, who lives about 300 feet from the crash scene, said, "When the plane hit the power line, I heard a loud noise and saw a bright flash."
It took police more than 10 minutes to find the wreckage.
Three of the victims were dead at the scene, while the fourth was dead on arrival at Upstate Medical Center.
Nearly 3,000 customers were without power for more than an hour as emergency crews worked to restore the four 115,000 volt lines struck down by the plane.
Pickard said he saw the lines crackle and spark for half a mile.
State police said they notified John Pierma, owner of Utica Aircraft which operated the plane as part of a charter service, of the crash and said he was en route to the scene.
Mrs. Catherine Godzwon, who also lives near the scene, said she was getting ready for bed when she heard a loud crash and then saw a huge flash.
The tail separated from the plane on impact and was about five feet from the fuselage, authorities said.
Articles of clothing and shoes were found strewn at the scene, authorities said.
Affected by the power failure were the communities of Chittenango, Canastota, Sylvan Lake and parts of Oncida.
Daily Messenger Canandaigua New York 1966-05-16