Capt. Epps dies in plane crash.
14-IDAHO STATE JOURNAL Wednesday, November 25, 1959 FEBRUARY MISHAP CAB Blames Pilot In Guard Air Crash Aeronautics 'Board Tuesday tfibuted poor judgment by By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS " WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Civil at- the pilot as the probable cause of the Feb. 1 Texas crash of a transport plane bearing 23 Idaho Air National National Guardsmen. The CAB said the cra'sh, fatal (o three persons, was "a considerable considerable time in the making" and ''fully preventable." The pilot, Capt. Woodrow W. Epps, 42, Portland, Ore., a copilot, copilot, and one of the guardsmen were killed when the ice-crusted DC-3 crashed into a wooded hillside hillside near Kerrville, 'tÂ°.x. Four other other guardsmen suffered serious injuries. injuries. Harvey Hill, 38, of Portland, one o[ the two co-pilots aboard. The other co-pitot Â· in the three-man crew, Wilbur Witlliss. 42, also of Portland, was seriously injured. From him the board got details of what had happened. The plane left Boise, Idaho, with its load of guardsmen, for Lackland Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex. The plane, owned and operated operated by General Airways, Inc., an Oregon corp., was transporting the guardsmen under a contract with the Defense Department. Ice Predicted After leaving Boise, the ship landed landed at Pueblo, Colo., to refuel. The crew received detailed weather reports reports of icing conditions prevail- Â· Killed instantly besides Epps was ing along the proposed route, " i l h e plane took off at 5 p. Thi 1 first report of icing came as it flew over Dalhart, Tex., at 7:16 . m., CST and Epps asked per mis5ion of the Federal Aviation Agency radio control operator at Trinidad, Colo, for authority to rop from 9,000 feet to 7,000 feet. From that point on there were requent contacts between Epps nd ground control points. He told f continued icing and subsequently subsequently was given authority to let the )lane down to even lower altitudes n an effort to escape the icing conditions. During the last hour of the four- lour flight from Pueblo, when il was obvious the plane was in des- Nikita's Promise On Lithuanians Bears Fruit I WASHINGTON (AP)-Nikiia S. Khrushchev apparently is keeping at least one personal promise lo allow some Lithuanians to join their American relatives here. Other Khrushchev' pledges may still be honored,