Five Dead in Unrelated Plane Crashes
Undated (AP) _ A single-engine airplane crashed in thick fog in northern California, killing three people, and authorities Sunday found two dead in the wreckage of a small plane in north Georgia that had been missing for 10 days.
In St. Louis, a Missouri Air National Guard F-4 pilot and crew member were injured when the fighter jet veered off a runway and burst into flames during a training exercise takeoff.
The F-4′s weapons system operator suffered multiple fractures, including his ankle and pelvis, when he ejected from the rear seat 50 feet into the air during the crash at Lambert Airport, said Air National Guard Capt. Darrell Shoults. The pilot suffered only bruises.
In Arcata, Calif., the wreckage of a single-engine plane was found Saturday in a mountainous area about one mile from a landing strip at Kneeland Mountain, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department said.
Walt Davis of Elk Grove and Merle Stone of Tulare and his wife, name unknown, died in the crash, said sheriff’s dispatcher Skip Arnold.
Davis’ wife, Carol, survived the crash. She was taken to General Hospital in Eureka, then to the University of California Medical Center in Sacramento for burn treatment.
The wreckage of a Piper PA-28 Cherokee 160 that disappeared March 29, was found Sunday just east of Ellijay, Ga.
The bodies of Daryl Raisly, 31, of Henryville, Ind., and passenger Jesse Leland Street, 32, of Louisville, Ky., were recovered, said 2nd Lt. Warren Bates of the Georgia Civil Air Patrol.
The four-seat aircraft, which left Lakeland, Fla., on March 29 for Sellersburg, Ind., was last seen when it made a fuel stop at Perry, Ga.