Two Top Mountain, PA Private Plane Crash, Jul 1965


Mercersburg, Pa. (AP) - Bodies of two men, a woman and a girl were found at the wreckage of a plane near the summit of Two Top Mountain
State Police said no identifications had been established and none was possible for some time.
The number and sex of the bodies, however, coincided with the passenger list of a two-engine Cessna plane missing on a flight from Morgantown, W.Va., to Hagerstown, Md., Sunday.
The missing plane was a chartered flight piloted by JOHN WESTFIELD of Clarksburg, W. Va., with STANLEY R. COX, 43, Morgantown, W.Va., lawyer and his family as passengers.
The wreckage was discovered about a mile and a half from the summit of Two Top Mountain by Ralph Egloff.
Egloff lives at the foot of the mountain, about six and a half miles south of Mercersburg in Franklin County.
Egloff said he heard what appeared to be a plane in distress about 12:30 p.m. Sunday and thought he heard a crash. After hearing of a missing plane today, he trudged up the mountain on foot today to investigate.
Officials said the mountain was virtually inaccessible except on foot. There was no indication how the bodies would be removed.
Police said there apparently had been some fire but only parts of the plane had burned. Those aboard were thrown clear and at least some of the bodies were mangled.
The Morgantown-Hagerstown flight was reported missing at 1 p.m. Sunday by the Morgantown Airport. The Cessna 310 had taken off at 11:15 a.m. and was due to land in Hagerstown at 12 noon.
Officials said that COX, his wife, MARILYN and their daughter, 8 years old, were en route to visit another daughter at a camp near Chambersburg.
Police said they were informed the plane made radio contact with Hagerstown but the pilot said he was canceling plans to land there.
The COX family was scheduled to land at Hagerstown and proceed to the summer camp by auto.
The weather was described as foggy.

Evening Standard Uniontown Pennsylvania 1965-07-12