Transcribed from The Windsor Star, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, October 5, 1960, p. 1:
Electra Plane Crash Kills 61
Congressmen Demand Probe Of New Disaster
11 Survive Mishap In Boston Harbor
BOSTON (AP) — An Eastern Airlines four-engined Electra tansport plunged into Boston harbor on takeoff Tuesday, killing 61 of the 72 aboard. All of the 11 known survivors were injured severely.
A mysterious “secret document” figured in the crash. State Police Capt. Carl Larsen, in charge of rescue operations, said a member of the U.S. Air Force office of special investigation told him it was aboard at takeoff but later missing. Larsen said the F.B.I. started a search.
The crash, one of a series of mishaps involving the turboprop Electra and the second crash of that type in less than three weeks, brought urgent demands from Congressmen for investigation.
The plane took off with 67 passengers and a crew of five from Logan International Airport at 5:45 p.m., bound for Philadelphia, Charlotte, N.C., Greenville, S.C., and Atlanta. No Canadians were known to be aboard. It cam down about 200 yards offshore.
“The thing was split wide open,” said Lt. Cmdr. Everett Cook of the U.S. naval reserve who saw the plane after it nosed into the water off the Winthrop Yacht Club.
“When I got there, part of the plane was still afloat,” said Commander Donald Regan, one of the first to reach the scene. “A good many of the passengers were strapped to their seats and couldn’t get out. The seats were floating. I noticed that their weight was pulling them over so that there heads were in the water.
“They were all a mess–blood, broken legs, split skulls, and everything else.”
The pilot, Capt. C.W. Fitts, and Co-Pilot M.J. Calloway, were missing. Flight engineer Malfolm Hall was killed. Two stewardesses survived. They are Joan Berry, 22, and Patricia Davies.
“I was in the tail when we hit — it saved my life,” Miss Berry said.
Hundreds joined in the rescue effort — police, firemen, owners of small boats, skin divers, pilots of coast guard helicopters and boats and navy ships. Men waded knee-deep through oil-smeared mud flats to bring back bodies.