Capt. Epps killed in crash.
14-IDAHO STATE JOURNAL Wednesday, November 25, 1959 FEBRUARY MISHAP CAB Blames Pilot In Guard Air 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 Guardsmen. The CAB said the cra'sh, fatal (o three persons, was "a considerable time in the making" and ''fully preventable." The pilot, Capt. Woodrow W. Epps, 42, Portland, Ore., a copilot, and one of the guardsmen were killed when the ice-crusted DC-3 crashed into a wooded hillside near Kerrville, 'tÂ°.x. Four other guardsmen suffered serious 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 Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex. The plane, owned and 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 at Pueblo, Colo., to refuel. The crew received detailed weather 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 Nikita's Promise