Transcribed from the Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, WI, March 16, 1962, p 1:

U.S. Plane Lost with 107

Pacific Search Launched

 

MANILA, Philippines, March 16 (Friday) (AP) A charter airliner from California with 96 military passengers and crew of 11 aboard Friday was reported missing and presumably down in the Pacific.

The Super Constellation of Flying Tiger Airlines was lost on the Guam-to-Philippines leg of its transPacific flight from Northern California. The U.S. Air Force base at Clark Field was its Philippines destination. From there it was heaed for South Vietnam.

A U.S. Navy spokesman said the plane was believed to have gone down in an area nearer Guam than The Philippines. No storms were reported in the area and conditions — cloudless skies and calm seas — were ideal for searching planes and ships. Squadrons from Guam and Okinawa joined in the hunt.

Troops are ferried regularly to The Philippines via Guam, where the transport planes make refueling stops.

Air Force officials in California said only the Pentagon could release the names of the military personnel aboard the plane. Pentagon procedure calls for notification of next of kin before names of casualties are made public. Flying Tiger headquarters in California immediately identified the plane’s 11 crew members, all civilians from California.

The transport was last heard from an hour and 20 minutes after leaving Guam and the pilot at that time reported on course and on time.

The plane left Travis Air Force Base in northern California Tuesday.

The report of the plane’s plight came in a month already marked by two of the worst disasters in aviation history. An American Airlines Boeing 707 jet crashed March 1 at New York’s International Airport, killing all 95 aboard.

Three days later a chartered British airliner carrying 111 persons crashed near Douala in the West African republic of Cameroon and all were killed.

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