Trouble piled on trouble for Capitol Airlines today. All Capitol planes leaving Washington were searched?
Trouble piled on trouble for Capitol Airlines today. All Capitol planes leaving Washington were searched after an anonymous telephone caller said a bomb had been placed aboard a plane. None was found.
The call came a little over five hours after a Capitol Aircraft crashed in the Maryland countryside 40 miles north of Washington, A military jet trainer plane rammed the airliner, sending it plummeting to the ground.
A priest hurried to the scene to administer the last rites to the victims. All seven passengers and four crew members of the Chicago - Baltimore Viscount died in the crash. One passenger in the Air National Guard jet trainer was also killed.
The only survivor was the pilot of the T-33 jet, Captain Julius McCoy of Baltimore. He is quoted as saying his jet blew up in flight....and he does not recall bailing out or seeing the passenger plane. This was the third collision between passenger planes and military aircraft this year.
In February 48 persons were killed over a Los Angeles suburb when a navy patrol bomber slammed into an air transport plane. Last month, 49 persons died in the collision of an airliner and an air force jet, near Las Vegas. There are plenty of calls for action to prevent further crashes of this kind.