I remember my mother talking about this a little bit when I was around 4 or 5 years old. She grew up 3 miles from where it happened. I would never fly in a airplane during bad weather. But maybe it happened unexpectedly for them that night. Someone had mentioned that it had gotten worse than had been predicted. Regardless that was such an awful thing. If they were headed out to go to a relatives funeral then got killed themselves on the way there that makes it even more tragic. A family lost multiple relatives in a terrible accident the day after losing a relative to sickness. That is very sad.
Post by Lucy G. In reply to rtberry83 on Jun 7, 2021 13:44:20 GMT -5
I just found a news clipping of this in my husbands childhood scrapbook. He lived in Knott Co. KY. It doesn't give exact position only that they landed on a ledge of a sheer cliff on July 29th. Hundreds of searchers looked for it. (My dad was one of the searchers.) Dana Byers age 41, his wife Thelma and their daughter Beverly, 15 had been going from Atlanta to Huntington, West Virginia to attend a funeral. The wreckage was found on Friday but removal of the bodies did not begin until Saturday morning after an investigator from the Federal Aviation Agency arrived from Louisville, Ky. No official word on the possible cause of the crash was forthcoming but authorities said that from the testimony of witnesses it appeared the plane ran out of fuel.
John Everage, deputy Knott County coroner, said it took about 7 hours to get the bodies out. The bodies were then carried down the mountain--of KY 7 near Kite, about 15 miles east of Hindman--and taken to a Hindman funeral home. Everage said trees had shielded the wreckage from aerial searchers. The plane was located after Mrs. Carl Turner found the craft's log book and signs of wreckage and bodies.
The article is from the Associated Press. There is no date on the clipping but other newspaper clippings in the scrapbook give news of rockets and space flights of 1965 so I would say it would have been 1964, 1965, or 1966.
Update. I just found an article in the Hazard Heral newspaper which gives more details and an update on the findings. The date of the paper was August 13, 1962 so that would make the crash date July 29, 1962. I will send a photo of it to the original searcher if he wants to contact me.