Search Continues for Plane Reported Down Near Blaney

Search for a plane that reportedly crashed near Blaney will continue today, according to Civil Air Patrol Lt. James A. Newton. An investigation yesterday by planes of the Patrol and Ft. Jackson failed to uncover evidence of the crash.

A Columbia policeman, M. T. Cook, and two other men who were fox hunting with him, reported that about 8:30 o’clock Wednesday night they saw a place “engulfed in flames” dive toward the earth, then disappear across a hill three miles away.”

They heard no explosion. But another man four miles away reported that after hearing a plane, he ran from his house and heard an explosion.

For the decription given by the informants, Lt. Newton said the plane was apparently a “heavy-type” propellor-driven aircraft.

Yesterday two army planes and one CAP unit flew 18 hours, seeking traces of the plane.

February 2, 1957  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  Columbia, South Carolina
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