El Dorado News-Times (El Dorado, Arkansas) 30 December 1974
American tourists killed in crash GUATEMALA CITY (AP) A A chartered airplane crashed in flames near the Mayan ruins of Tikal in northern Guatemala on Saturday killing all 21 American American tourists aboard and the three Guatamalan crew members, members, officials said Sunday. Barbara Smith, a spokeswoman spokeswoman for the U.S. Consulate in Guatamala City, said two of the Americans were from Columbus, Columbus, Ohio, and the rest were from New Jersey and New York She said the badly burned bodies were to be flown to Guatemala City from Hospital de Flores, an infirmary in the state of Peten, where the ruins are located, The Lockheed Lodestar aircraft, aircraft, which the Guatemalan air force said was owned by Erwin Ortiz of Guatemala City, crashed about 5:20 Saturday afternoon, shortly after takeoff The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The plane’s destination was Guatemala City, about 200 miles south of Tikal. Miss Smith said the American American victims were part of a group of about 90 persons, most of them Americans. She said that about 70 in the group returned from the ruins on other flights or had elected to skip the trip and stay in Guatemala City. The group arrived by bus from San Salvador where the tour to Guatemala was arranged, arranged, Miss Smith said. Miss Smith identified the Columbus Columbus victims as Gale and Peggie Burgett. The others, identified only as from New York or New Jersey, were: Albert Albert and Anita Capon; Celia and Lisa Horns; Albert Levi; Charles Horowitz; Grace Heller, Heller, Emma Klotsky; Jonathon, Edith, David and Robert Traurig; Traurig; Sol and Vivian Potemkin; Ives, Nina, Peter Le- May; Florence Berger and Muriel Etlinger. Etlinger. The two pilots were identified as Walter Lavin and Luis Aguilar Aguilar The flight attendant was identified only as a Guatemalan. Guatemalan.