Summerville, SC Private Plane Crash, Dec 1962


Summerville, S.C. (AP) - Five Baltimore, Md., residents were killed near here before dawn Friday when their private plane crashed into a field.
Dorchester County Sheriff Carl Knight identified the victims as:
R. E. HOLDER, 22, of Baltimore and Hialeah, Fla., the pilot.
MR. and MRS. WILLIAM GRAHAM, both 27, the GRAHAM'S 9-year-old daughter.
Only the GRAHAM family and HOLDER were listed as being aboard the Piper Cherokee plane. The discovery of THRASHER'S body puzzled officers for several hours until the identity was established through a large Masonic ring.
Sheriff Knight said portions of the bodies were scattered over a half-acre area as were pieces of the aircraft. He said the plane apparently crashed about 3:15 a.m. - about the time a resident reported hearing its motor cut off.
Joseph Campau, director of the Friendship International Aviation Corp., in Baltimore, said the plane left there early Thursday. It made a stop at the Raleigh-Durham N.C. airport late Thursday and took off for Charleston, S.C.
Campau said HOLDER was returning to his Hialeah home for the Christmas holidays and the GRAHAMS were going to Florida to visit relatives.
GRAHAM was identified as maintenance supervisor for the Friendship International Airport in Baltimore. HOLDER, also employed by the airport in a supervisory capacity, was a bachelor who was with the Marine Corps until last year.
THRASHER was employed by the Western Electric Co. His wife said he boarded the plane after failing to make connections on a commercial flight.

The Cumberland News Maryland 1962-12-22