Clipped From Panama City News-Herald
Cargo Plane Crashes In Everglades Swamp MIAMI (UPI) — A DC7 cargo plane flown by a former bomber pilot who participated in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion crashed and burned in the Everglades during a thunderstorm thunderstorm Thursday, killing all three men aboard. The impact of the prop-driven airplane left two huge craters in the sawgrass swamps. Officials said the bodies of pilot Ernesto Peyno, 41, copilot Robert Danze and flight engineer William Gregg were found near the point of impact about 12 miles northwest' of Miami's International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration Administration (FAA) said the plane took off at 4:22 a.m. into an area which air controllers said was being buffeted by several violent thunderstorms. The plane, loaded with general cargo, was bound for Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. Four minutes after takeoff, the plane vanished from the air National Fink Day Difficulty Find FINK, Tex. (UPI) — Nick and Dorothy Fink hopped a plane out of Grand Rapids after the bar closed. They had to hire a limousine in Dallas because no one at the airport would rent them a car, but by Thursday they were eating Texas barbecue and riding Fink's 1929 firetruck which is only seven years younger than the one Nick has back home. It was National Fink Day, the high point of National Fink Week, and the sun, as always, was shining. "I had my driver's license, my Social Security card and I'm a lifelong member of the Elks, but they told me I had to have a credit card," said Nick who operates Nick Fink's Bar in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was born, raised and worked all his life in the same building. "I told them I'd never had a credit card in my life and I would never have one. So we had to get a limousine. It cost me 40 bucks to come up here. Next year I'm gonna drive down." Nick was standing beside Farm Road 120 about 60 miles north of Dallas and about that time the firetruck roared up siren wailing. It was full of kids. Dorothy glanced out the front door of Fink Mayor Mrs. Pat Albright's grocery and caught sight of Nick posing for pictures on the truck in his sailor cap emblazoned "Fink, Texas" and his blue suspenders. "Ah yes, he's in his glory now," she said. People browsed in and out of the Albright store, Fink museum, museum, city hall and mayor's office and stare in awe at the pile of Fink memorablia stacked in the "museum" corner. "Out beside the road the "every third weekend" flea market was going strong and old Ellis Parker was selling bottles, empty bottles. A Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root Kidney, Liver and Bladder Remedy bottle was one of his prizes. It was made in Binghampton, N.Y.,date unknown. controller's radar scope and plowed into the swamps just six miles away from the spot an Eastern Airlines L1011 jet crashed last Dec. 29, killing 101 persons. Air controllers said they had advised Peyno to make a turn toward the south when he cleared the airport, but instead he turned northward into an area of violent thunderstorms. Air controllers said they again advised Peyno to turn southward southward and he did, but moments later his plane vanished from the radar scope. A Coast Guard helicopter dispatched to the scene reported reported back that the plane had broken up on impact and was burning. The 'copter pilot described the crash as "unsur- vivable." Rescue units which rushed to the scene later confirmed all three crewmen had perished. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) flew in a crew of seven experts to investigate the accident. Robert Oelker of the NTSB said it was possible the pilot may have been attempting to return to the airport. But he emphasized this was only one of many possibilities. Oelker said it was not certain immediately whether the severe weather had any effect on the crash. The FAA said it had not yet established ownership of the DC7, but the crew was provided by Transair Cargo Service Inc. of Miami. Peyno, according to a Tran sair official, had been a bomber pilot during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba and managed to escape the invasion uninjured. Danz was described by friends as being in his late 30s, married, the father of two young children, and a former Air Force cargo plane pilot.