Clipped From The Daily Capital News
ing. 70 Survive Crash At Kansas Airport MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP)— A chartered four-engine airplane landing at Manhattan Municipal Airport with 64 soldiers and a crew of six crashed and burned just short of a runv/ay Tuesday, but all but a few escaped injury. The plane, a Constellation, was returning the soldiers from Armored warfare training at Camp Irwin, Calif. T e men are tank crewmen of Troop 6, 1st Recon- naisance Squadron, 4th Calvalry, statined at Ft. Riley, Kan. Capt. James Wingate, public information officer at Ft. Riley, said only three were hurt: PFC James R. Jantz, 21, son of Mr, and Mrs. Henry Jantz of 803 Sunset Lane, El Dorado, Kan., treated at the station hospital for a compound fracture of the right foot. PFC John J. Adams, 24, of Canbria, la., treated for a broken great toe on the right foot. Sgt. Joshua Hill, 34, of Thomson, Ga., given first aid for a bruise on the right leg. Admitted to Riley County Hospital in Manhattan were two members of the crew, Peter Raymen, 39, of Long Beach, Calif., engineer, and Joe Merlo, 39, of Scpulveda, Calif. Their injuries were described as minor and their condition as good. Sheriff's Deputy Dean Blakely identified the captain of the plane as David R. Brown of Sepulvada. Nick Dellere, airport manager, said he understood the plane was chartered from Standard Airways at Burbank, Calif. Dellere said the plane appeared to be making a normal approach when it pitched into the earth about 50 feet short of the runway and broke into flames. He said he had been told, but it had not been confirmed, that the plane behaved as though one of the prop- ellors reversed pitch in the land- The runway, 5,500 feet long, is new. It is to be dedicated Memorial Day with a program includ- ing an Angels, exhibition by the Blue a Navy precision flying team. The team had been practicing in the vicinity of the airpor' during the day and its aircraf' were parked there att he time ol the crash. The Constellation was one three planes returning troops of to Kansas from two months of train- Ing at Camp Irwin. One hac landed here before the crash, and another was to landa t Kansas City. Witnesses told of hearing pepping sounds following the crash as though small arms ammunition was exploding. The fuselage remained intact but was gutted by the fire. A hostess, who declined to identify herself, appeared unruffled. FBI agents and military police hustled members of the crew and passengers away and would not permit newsmen to question them. A hostess was overheard to tell an FBI agent three metal containers of classified material were aboard, but the Army would not comment.