Mentor, OH Plane Crashes Into House, Mar 1965


Mentor, Ohio (AP) - A boy playing with his dog was killed and three occupants of a small plane were injured Monday night when the plane crashed into a house here, about three-quarters of a mile from Willoughby's Lost Nation Airport. Fire which followed the crash destroyed the house.
Killed was BOBBY BOWMAN, 4-year-old son of MR. and MRS. HARRY D. BOWMAN, occupants of the house hit by the plane. Three members of the family escaped.
Admitted to Lake County Memorial Hospital West in Willoughby were ROBERT NOVAK, 47, of Willoughby, pilot of the twin-engine plane, and his passengers; EDWARD T. MEYER, 45, of Shaker Heights, and JOHN K. TOMKO, 53, of Euclid.
TOMKA, the most seriously injured was reported in poor condition with a possible broken pelvis and other injuries.
MEYER, executive vice president of Meyer Products, Inc., Cleveland, suffered shock and bruises and NOVAK had head and face injuries. Both were reported in fair condition.
Officials at Lost Nation Airport said the plane crashed after in overshot the east-west runway as it was returning from a trip to Chicago. FAA officials were on the scene soon after the crash and began an investigation to determine the cause.
BOWMAN, 34, his wife, BESSIE, 32, their son and BOWMAN'S mother, MRS. MABEL BOWMAN, 72, were in the living room shortly after 7 p.m. BOBBY was playing with the family dog and ran after it when it dashed into the kitchen. It was at that moment that the plane hit the house.
"I heard a big boom," said BOWMAN.
"The concussion knocked me down."
He said he got up and helped his wife and mother out the front door, then tried to go back into the house for the boy.
"I couldn't see anything," he said.
"I thought maybe the gasoline from the plane blew up. I couldn't do anything. I had to keep my wife and mother from going into the house."
Mentor Fire Chief A. G. Howells, said BOBBY'S body was found in the kitchen, where the plane hit the house.

The Salem News Ohio 1965-03-30