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Private Plane Crashes Kill Seven

August 17, 1987

Undated (AP) _ The crash of a vintage biplane on a golf course killed one man and injured another, and two other weekend private plane crashes killed five people, authorities said.

Two men from Bothell, Wash., made an emergency landing on the ninth fairway at the Glendale Country Club at Bellevue, Wash., when the pilot thought the plane was running out of fuel, said Bellevue Fire Battalion Chief Pat Cummings.

They took on about 10 gallons of fuel, tested their engine and took off, he said, but the engine stalled and the plane crashed Sunday.

″He cleared the tops of the trees on the ninth fairway and was about half- way over the 10th fairway″ when the engine sputtered and the plane turned sharply and plunged back to the ground, said golfer Bob Anthony of Bellevue.

He estimated the plane was about 100 feet off the ground before it crashed. He said the fliers had told him the plane was a former Royal Canadian Air Force plane, built in 1939.

Gerald Canniff, 66, was killed and the pilot, Clifford Davidson, 55, was listed in satisfactory condition with a back injury at Overlake Hospital Sunday, said Barbara Bolts, a hospital administrator. They had been on their way home from an antique air show at Vancouver, Wash.

Near Switz City, Ind., a man and his wife were killed and their two children were injured when their plane crashed Sunday night during a pleasure outing, authorities said.

The victims were identified as David Young, 38, and his wife Rita, 36, of Bloomfield, Ind., said state Trooper Fred Hays. He said their children, Michael, 7, and Laura, 3, were in critiical condition in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Young was operating the Cessna, single-engine craft when it flew too low and struck a power line, said Hays.

Three men were killed when a small airplane en route from Wisconsin to the resort town of Steamboat Springs, Colo., crashed into a mountainside near Hayden, Colo., authorities said today.

The Cessna 182 crashed late Sunday just 100 yards off U.S. 40 about 9 miles east of Hayden in rugged mountains, said Routt County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Warner.

There had been no radio reports of a craft in distress, Warner said.

The victims’ names were withheld pending notification of relatives, he said.

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