Air Force C-46 crashes at Olmsted Air Force Base; six occupants leap to safety when engines are ablaze Four crew members and two Air Force passengers escaped to safety as the engines broke into …
Air Force C-46 crashes at Olmsted Air Force Base; six occupants leap
to safety when engines are ablaze
Four crew members and two Air Force passengers escaped to safety as the engines broke into flames when an Air Force C-46 plane crashed and burned at Olmsted Air Force Base, Middletown, about 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The 26-passenger plane arrived here from Atterbury Air Force Base, Indiana. As it approached from the east in a stiff wind, the undercarriage of the plane struck a dike partially encircling Olmsted Field from the east and was sheared off.
The plane bounced and made a belly-landing on the field. As it landed, the engines broke loose and flames enveloped the plane.
Simultaneously, the crew and passengers jumped to the ground. The pilot suffered a head contusion. One passenger suffered a sprained back, and the assistant engineer a fractured hand.
Olmsted firemen kept the flames from setting fire to the wing tanks, but the plane was badly damaged as the blaze swept over the cabin area.
Olmsted Field officials identified the persons on the plane as follows: the pilot, Capt. Tony P. Gill, Sherburn, Indiana; co-pilot, Capt. Thomas E. Lapworth, 30, Clinton, Indiana; engineer, Staff Sgt. Donald DeYoung, 25, Holland, Michigan; assistant engineer, Sgt. Floyd D. Frank, 208 Frederick St., Steelton; passengers, 1st Lt. Robert Wilson, 28, Columbus, Indiana, and Sgt. James Cotner, 21, Siler City, North Carolina.
The two passengers were to fly back to Atterbury today.
World War veteran from Swatara Station confesses to seven larceny charges
Frank Lee Shull, Swatara Station, pleaded guilty to seven charges and a charge of burglary in the Dauphin County Court at Harrisburg Monday. He was sent to jail for 11 to 23 months, and fined $40.
It was said Shull had a penchant for stealing power saws, two of which were taken from the same contractors.
According to Assistant District Attorney H.F. Dowling, the persons who purchased the power saws from him either returned them to their rightful owners or paid for them. Persons who purchased them from Shull were the losers, he added.
The stolen articles represented a value of more than $600.
Shull told the court that he came from Kansas, but settled in Dauphin County, after he was honorably discharged from the military service. He said he married a Hershey girl and has one child.
John H. Bream, counsel for Shull, told the court that Shull's financial difficulty started when he needed money to pay a skilled labor bill on his house, which he had virtually built himself. In addressing the court, the assistant district attorney said that Shull had co-operated with the authorities, but he pointed out that the thefts were scattered over considerable time and that they did not constitute just one infraction of the law.
Dowling also told the court that a detainer was lodged against Shull by Lebanon County authorities.
The alleged thefts were removing cash from a candy machine of the Royal Theater, Hummelstown, Charles Roth, proprietor, last Feb. 28; taking $15 from lockers in the ticket office of the theater, which he cleaned at night; 16 long planks valued at $46.08 from Haldeman & Savastio, building contractors in Derry Township last Dec. 16; 150 gallons of gasoline valued at $32.25 from the same contractors; two truck tires in Derry Township valued at $20 from the same contractors last June; a power saw valued at $239 from the same firm in Hummelstown last July; and a second power saw last Jan. 20 from the same firm.
The burglary charge was brought for entering the sedan of John Goodman in Derry Township last Jan. 23 and removing a state automobile inspection sticker.
Borough employees allegedly drink, swear on the job
A special meeting of the Middletown Borough Council was held Monday evening in the council chamber of the Community Building.
President John R. Prowell Jr. announced that the purpose of the meeting was to adjust the salaries of the borough policemen, in accordance with the Police Civil Service Commission. The police department was represented by Chief Harold K. Houser and Patrolman B.H. Dolson Sr.
The chief salary was fixed at $2,600 per annum, and the present patrolmen’s salary was fixed at $2,200, retroactive to Feb. 1, 1950. All new patrolmen salaries are to be fixed at $2,000 per annum when employed.
Council heard that numerous complaints were received about employees of the Light and Highway departments going into public places and drinking while on duty for the borough. Also, reports were received about alleged profane language being used by borough employees while on duty. Prowell referred these matters to the heads of each department to have the actions abated at once.
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