Albany, NY Airplane Crash, Sept 1953

The plane had made one stop – at Bradley Field, Windsor Locks, Conn.

Among the victims was SAMUEL L. ORME, 47, an Albany salesman, whose wife, MILDRED, 41, was killed June 22 in an automobile accident. They left four children. One – MARY, 20 – is a reservation agent here for American Airlines.

Another victim was THOMAS J. LOPICCOLO, 34, of Bristol, Conn., president of the American Research Corp. He was bound for Syracuse, N. Y., as were several of the passengers.

Most of the passengers were businessmen. DONALD E. WHOOLEY of Springfield, Mass., vice-president and director of the northern division of Associated Transport Co., was en route to Buffalo.
One victim was a student, IRWIN GINSBERG, 24, of Brookline, Mass. He was en route to Syracuse, where he was a senior in the Syracuse University College of Law.

The airline said none of the passengers was en route to Chicago.

JOHN B. BODDIE, Albany sales manager for American, said that since the disastrous crash at Elizabeth, N. J., on Jan. 22, 1952, American had flown over five billion revenue passenger miles and carried nearly nine million revenue passengers, without a fatal accident.

It was the first fatal crash involving a commercial airline in this area in the 25-year history of the Albany Airport.

New York (AP) – American Airlines released yesterday under the heading, “crew obit,” background sketches of the crew of the ill-fated airliner.

Capt. STENTZ, joined American Airlines as first officer on March 8, 1943. After attending training school, he was assigned to the line on August 1, 1943, and was made captain on December 2, 1951. He was born in Detroit, Mich., March 1, 1929. He was graduated from Cass Technical High School, Detroit, and attended the Detroit Institute of Technology.

Capt. STENTZ was married and the father of three children, the oldest being a son, born April, 1947.
His parents, Mr. And Mrs. Percy Stentz, live at 7725 East Jefferson, Detroit, Mich.

The co-pilot – First Officer WILLIAM J. SCHANKEN, an Air Force veteran of World War II, joined American Airlines in May of this year. He had served with the U. S. Air Force as a B-24 pilot with both the Fourth and Tenth Air Forces from January, 1943, to November, 1945. He is survived by his wife, Helyne, who lives at the Pratt Boulevard address in Chicago, Ill. The couple had no children. MR. SCHANKEN was graduated from Senn High School, Chicago, and attended Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, for his Air Force cadet training.

The stewardess, MISS THORNQUIST, was graduated from the airline's stewardesses school, in Chicago, on July 9 of this year.

Before coming to the airlines she had been employed alternately as a telephone operator, bookkeeper and receptionist in addition to employment with the United States Air Force, all in Duluth, Minn.

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