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Daily News (Newspaper) - March 17, 1969, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania CLASSIFIED ADS DIAL MISS CLASSIFIED 6434040 or 5424641 VOL 48 ILY CBMT8 HUNTINGDON AND MOUNT UNION PA MONDAY MARCH 171969 Piper Comanche Reduced To Junk In Crash Heres sll thai remained of a Piper Comanche after a crash on an isolated Somerset County mountain in which four Mount Union men were instantly killed Wreckage on Babcock Mountain was sighted Sunday after noonin intensive Southcenlral Pennsylvania search Note heavy tree cover in area that was blanketed by up to 21 inches of snnw There was no fire at crash scene Debris was scattered over a wide area with only the fuselage and one wing remaining intact Johnstown TribuneDemocrat Photo Craft Located Sunday In liiteiisive Search By EUGENE T SHORE EDITOR Bodies of four well known Mount Union area men were found late yesterday afternoon with the wreckage of a plane which had ploughed into an isolated snowcovered mountain in Somer set County west of Wind be r Thtee k H1 e d when the sin gte engine Piper Comanche slammed into the s i d e of Bab cock Mountain last Friday night were Maurice Bud Gefz 40 Shir leysburg Road Mount Union R D manager of theMount Union Airport and pilot of the plane Robert J McKmgftt 37 of 9 Bast Vandevender Street Mount Union a conshruction work er father of three children Michael RoB 44 of 127 South Shaver Street Mount Union a counselor at the Youth Forestry amp No 3 Aitch and Mount Union substitute school teacher father of four Thomas L Hancock 37 Hill Valley Mount Union RD an insurance agent and father of six children Hancock had suf fered a serious heart attack about one year ago The crash left 13 children fath erless The bodies were removed rom the crash scene by two fu t r Map Pinpoints Site Of Fatal Plane Crash This map shows the site of the plane crash Friday night line 49mile flight but hisplane hit a mountain just north that took the lives of four Mount Union men Pilot Maurice east of Ogletown southeast of the route Area was hit by Getz was heading from Johnstown to Mount Union a direct severe snow squalls about time of crackup Friday night Acting o Radiologist Appointed Dr James H Shindel Al toona R D 3 today took over his duties as acting radiologist of the J C Blair Memorial Hospital Dr Shindel 42 met with the hospital trustees on Saturday afternoon and agreed to give temporary coverage in the ra diology department until a full time radiologist can be secured Announcement of Dr Shin dels appointment as acting ra diologist was made today by C Blair Miller president of the hospital board of trustees He succeeds Dr Robert J Ayeila who resigned effective Saturday to accept a teaching position at Lhe University of Maryland at Baltimore Ayella Continued On Page Ten Next Of Kin Sought In Suilcase Probe Of Puzzling Clay Twp Incident Continues hope that relatives may be found in the Baltimore area Funeral services for Charles W Smouse n a retired mer chant marine will be held to morrow Investigation shows that Continued On Page Eight Largest VeleruHt Orgmixation In US Posts In County Marking Event Seven posts in Huntingdon County including several thousand members are observing the 50th anniversary of the founding of The Ameri can Legion this week Most of the units have plans for banquets oi programs this week or at a later date fo mark the 50lh birthday of the nations largest veterans organization Actually the Lesions birth day was Saturday March 16 but Gov Raymond P Shafer has proclaimed March as Ameri can Legion 50th Anniversary Month Nationally the period March 1531 is American Le gion Week In Huntingdon County here are posts at Huntingdon Mount Uniofl Onbisonia Mapleton Broad Top Petersburg and Al Continued On Page Ten State Police today are pushing a full scale investigation of the puzzling Clay Township in cident last Friday afternoon which included murder suicide and arson No next of kin have been ound for the woman believed o he Miss Anna Smith 48 who died instantly of a gunshot wound in the back that hit her icart lungs and great vessels tier burial is being delayed in Human Wave Attack Is Beaten Back SAIGON Viet Cong battalion 600 men strong attacked a Thai outpost guard big Saigon is human waves but was beaten back in handto hand combat losing i09 men dead military spokesmen said today The battle 20 miles east of Saigon Sunday was one of three unsuccessful Communist ground thrusts against allied outposts astride infiltration routes to In city In the two others US soldiers killed 39 guerrillas at a loss of 10 killed and 15 wounded Weathering one of their major combat tests like veterans the Thai soldiers escaped the bayonet fighting with two killed and 19 wounded war commu mques said The Viet Cong sprang from the night under an uibrella of mortar fire and in waves tried to overrun the allied base They got inside the barbed wire perimeter but broke under Thai counterattacks and heavy US air and artillery bombardment Continued On Page Six Prendergast Announces Candidacv j John F Prendergast a justice of the peace for fihe borough o Huntingdon today announcec his candidacy for the Repubti can nomination of district jus lice of District II of Huntingdon County The district is composed of the Borough of Huntingdon the Bor ough of Marklesburg Smithfield Township Jackson Township Continued On Page Ten JOHN PRENDERGAST 4 Mount Union Men Killed As Plane Hits Mountain MAURICE BUD GETZ neral services and taken to the Somerset Hospital where a post mortem examination of Gelzs body was scheduled All of Worst foil In Aviation History 150 Are Killed In Plane Crash MARACAIBO Venezuela Invest ators dug the flight recorder from the wreck age of ayjasa DC9 jetliner today the worst disaster The plane smashed through a Maracaibo suburb spewing flaming fuel and illed at least 150 persons Sunday All 83 persons aboard Miamibound Venezuelan airli ner including 47 Americans apparently were killed Viasa officials said Most passengers vere still strapped into their seats when firemen reached the icene At least 67 persons in the suburb of La Coruba died when he airliner plunged from the sky into their neighborhood at am just two minutes after taking off from Grano de Oro Airport Spews Fuel Gallons of flaming flight fuel spewed from the planes split skeleton and turned the residen tial area into an inferno Hospitals mobilized for the disaster said 125 other persons many in critical condition with severe burns shock and broken bones were treated throughout the city The Anatomical Hospitalwas converted into a morgue Relatives friends and authori ties grimly moved among the bodies attempting identification Rescue workers sifting the planes wreckage and five square blocks of burned splintered homes around it Continued On Page Eight Wliitsels Bar Burglarized o Early Sunday State Police today are vestigating the burglarizing of Whitsels Bar along old Route 22 west of Mill Creek early yesterday morning Entrance was via the front door the glass was broken and then the lock was tripped About in coins was Continued On Page Ten the bodieswill be turned over to the Clark funeral home at Mount Union later today to be prepared for burial according to theSomerset County coroner Spotting of the wreckage of the Getz plane about3 pm yes terday ended a Civil Air Patrol search which opened on Satur day afternoon and included about 75 planes from four bases The aircraft came from many towns in the state Lt Col William E Hall a Ohambersburg physician had charge of the GAP Group 1500 search which was based at Mount Union Airport Snowmobiles Used It was late last night before the four bodies were brought out from the crash scene which was almost inaccessible except with the use of snowmobiles It was reported thai there was a 21inoh covering of snow in the crash area and at many places there were huge drifts Scene of the crash is very close to the SomersetBedford County line The Piper Comanche white and green in color hit the ern rim of the 2180 foot moun tain about 100 feet below the crest The plane was on a north west course at the time indicat ing Getz was heading back to Johnstown Torn To Shreds There was nofire but the plane was torn to shreds ac cording to persons who visited the crash scene Three of the victims were strapped in the wreckage while one body was thrown clear All suffered multiple se vere injuries and died instantly Tlie four left Johnstown on their illfated Might to Mount Union at pm Friday night Scene of the crash is only a few air miles southeast of the port and the 180 hp plant cruised at 170 mph It is believed Getz a son of and Mrs Maurice Getz ST of Newton Hamilton got caught in one of the severe snow squalls that hit the area Friday night The snow showers were com mon in life Johnstown region about the time of the crash Residents tell of hearing plane in bhe Ogletcnvn a r e a1 about 9 pm Friday and one person said he actually heard the engine conk out Spotted at 3 PM A CAP plane spotted the wreckage at 3 yesterday after noon but it was 5 before therfirst parsons reached the scene on foot and with snowmobiles It was necessary to use the snow mobiles to bring out the bodies Tlte flight started at the Mount Union Airport about 5 p m Friday Gets a pilot with 1 500 hours of flyingtimewasat the controls of his plane He left the lights burning at the f i e 1 d intending to return after dark Called At Johnstown Airport records showed that Getz originally planned to depart at 7 but was delayed During the dday he re Conlinued On Page THE WEATHER Mostly sunny and a little warmer today The high in the upper 40s and tower 50s Fair and cool tonight The low in the 30s and lower 30s Sunny and mild Tuesday The high near The outlook for Wednesday increasing cloudiness and a little colder Over Spending othegreen Solons In State Will Celebrate HARRISBURG UPI Democrats and Re publicans in the General Assembly will celebrate St Patricks Day today in their own special their battle over thespend ingothegreen Democratic leaders in the House are carrying shamrocks in hopes thai enough of their members will be there to push through a bill this week to as sure teachers of a salary hike Republicans plan to unshealh their shillelaghs on the House Education Committee to pry loose their own resolution which would do the same the goahead Tor a pay in Continued On Page Six INSIDE THE NEWS Ann Landers 1 Classified Ads 11 Comics Crossword Obituaries Society And Club News Sports Through These Doors 12 9 Puzzle 11 2 7 5 Injured In Mishap Five persons a father and mother and their three small children were injured in a two car accident in West Township on Saturday afternoon Four1 of the injured were treated at the J C Blair Me morial Hospital and then re leased State Police said Richard Elias McMahon Jr 2 Allensville operating a Volks wagen sedan was westbound at pm travelling toward Petersburg in Shavers Creek Valley Vaughn L Thompson 28 Pe tersburg RD 1 also was west bound on Route 305 driving a 1957 Chevrolet sedan About 2V4 miles northeast of Petersburg McMahon was tra velling at a slow rate of speed preparing to turn left off Route 305 into the lane leading to his parental homethe dwelling of Mr and Mrs Richard Mc Coniinued On Page Ten Search Areas Checked At Mount Union Lt Col William E Hall Chambersburg physician headed the intensive Civil Air Patrol search during the week for a missing plane with four Mount Union men aboard Mount Union Airport was base of operations Col Hall is seated at left as he checks search area with George Donnelly of Holiidaysburg formerly rf Mount Union who aided fa the search and Frank Roll Country Club Road Mount Union brother of one of the crash victims Donnelly taught the pilot Maurice Getz to fly about IS ago Daily News Photo American Legion Observing Its 50th ;