Steubenville, OH Air Mail Plane Crash, Mar 1932
RIVER BOATS SEEK BODY OF CRASH VICTIM.
GRAPPLING HOOKS WILL BE USED IN EFFORT TO FIND REMAINS OF DR. CAROL SKINNER COLE, LONE PASSENGER ON MAIL PLANE.
PILOT'S BODY IS RECOVERED.
By United Press.
Steubenville, O., March 22. - UP - Small river boats set out today with grappling hooks in search of the body of DR. CAROL SKINNER COLE, St. Louis woman physician, the solitary passenger of a Transcontinental Western Air Lines air mail plane which crashed on Brown Island in the Ohio River early yesterday.
The body of the pilot, HAL GEORGE, 28, was recovered late yesterday from the wreckage a short distance off shore. At the same time, discovery of a woman's hat gave vent to the report the body of DR. COLE also had been recovered. When searchers returned to the mainland last night, however, they reported no trace had been found of the woman passenger. Search was then abandoned until morning.
Parachute Cord Catches.
It was generally believed she fell or jumped into the river before the ice-coated plane crashed on the side of the island. Another theory was that she may have leaped while the pilot circled the hills of the mainland, desperately trying to ride out the sleet storm. The pilot himself had sought to "bail out" but the cord of his parachute caught on the fuselage, dragging him to his death. He died from drowning, an autopsy showed.
The ship was forced down while en route from Columbus to Pittsburgh.
News-Herald Franklin Pennsylvania 1932-03-22