Clipped From Redlands Daily Facts
Plane hits ridge near El Casco Plane crash kills two in hills east of here ByERWINS.HEL\' Two young-to-middle-aged civilian fliers — a man and woman — perished last night on a fog-shrouded ridge southeast of Redlands. Their plane, apparently circling El Casco. disappeared in such murky weather that the wreckage was not found until this morning. Search-and- rescue parties located two bodies in the demolished four- place Navion, which had failed to clear the hills north of San Timoteo Canyon. Names of the victims were withheld today, pending the notification of relatives, but they were not from San Bernardino county, said investigators. The couple, seemingly lost in pea-soup fog that filled the remote hill country all night Wednesday, died instantly in a head-on crash against a sheer canyon wall. The plane did not bum. but its silver and maroon debris was widely scattered on the slope. Mangled remains of the passengers were almost impossible to identify, but papers indicated they had been residents of the Chicago area. The possibility of their having crashed en route from Palm Springs to the Los Angeles district was a subject of speculation amongst the probers. The all-night quest through the ragged terrain between Redlands and Calimesa was joined at 9:30 p.m. by Redlands members of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit. This was the group that discovered the wreck at 3 a.m., when a searcher spied the gleam of a shattered fuselage through the drizzling fog. Allison R. (Bud) White, who was there with five other weary Redlands hikers, said it was a "shot in the dark" that led to Ihe wreck. "All night we had been trodding the hills and canyons north of El Casco." said White, a resident of 16 W. Highland Area News DAILY FACTS. Redlands, Calif. Thunday.JunelO.1971-3 Christian school graduates 22 in ninth grade ceremony Twenty-two ninth graders were graduated from Redlands Christian School in ceremonies last night at the First Christian Reformed Church. Graduates were handed Bibles and diplomas during the 50th annual ceremonies by Heno' Stuursma. the school's board president, and Principal Marius Van Vuren. Stephen Van Mouwerik was class speaker in ceremonies which also featured music by the junior high choir, an address by Rev. Martin Zylstra. and presentation of Ihe class gift by graduate Martin Vander Linde. After ceremonies, the graduates and junior high teachers were guests of school were: Joy Marie Berkompas. Jane Elizabeth Brinkman. Nancy Ileen Bums. Carol Jean Fik. Jana Lynn Gaastra, Gary Benjamin Huizenga. William tMeindert Joostens. Sherilynn Marie Koen, Jack Paauwe. Dennis Jay Nymeyer. Joan Elaine Stienstra.. Annamae Van Altena. Milton Vander Linde. Ann Vander Weil. Donald Jay Van Gelder. Edward G. Van Grouw. John Van iMouwerik. Stephen Van Mouwerik. Jo Ann Oarlene Van Uffelen. David Keith Wagner, James A. Wagner, and Deborah Louise Wielenga. Eighth grade ushers were May Zevenbergen and Dave Van Mouwerik. Oass colors were lime green and yellow; avenue. "This was because eight or lOresidents of El Casco had told us the circling plane had headed north, and in that direction they bad heard a crash. ^ "Having found nothing in the area dt^ north, we took off to the west. The visibility was only 20 or 2S feet, but somehow at the top of a canyon we came upon a whitish blur, and a depression where the plane bad hit. "I have never seen a plane so completely chewed to bits. It was hard to find any bodies, but they were there." said White. Others from Redlands in the party were Bob Nelson and Phil Moedt, who are Lockheed Propulsion company employes, like White, and two Aerospace engineers, Ray Ross and John Murdock. A sixth member of the 12-man team was Dr. Joseph H. Bell, III. of Redlands and Calimesa. Leaving their vehicles at El Casco, the searchers fanned out from San Timoteo Creek afoot, carrying their own radio equipment. They kept in radio conUct with lit. Ed Brown, from the Banning sub-station of Ihe Riverside County Sheriff's department, and to him they announced their early morning discovery. Deputy Coroner John Ritz, summoned from Riverside, shared the inquiry with officials of the Federal Aviation Administration <FAA) and the National Safety Board, of Los Angeles. They arrived by way of a winding, ridge-riding road extending four miles southwest from the Redlands Freeway at Calimesa. None but the most determined officials, followed by an Emmerson-Bartlett mortuary vehicle, reached the scene. And this was done by riding County Line road to its southern terminus, then riding through brush-covered country that was swept by last summers «3-mile fire. The elevation was estimated at 2.300 feet — and with another 10 feet of clearaace the plane might have escaped, the probers found. Deputy Coroner Ritz confirmed that the EI Casco witnesses had been accurate in guessing the direction of the crash — it was only to degrees west of due north from the little fishing resort.