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STAT Approved For Release 2003/05/23 CIA-RDP80ROl731 R000300010057-Q you vexy aE!i for your letter of COUcerni-4.6 airplane accidents &W clewed rt.1 ci : rrtra t ,4e Denver Post he crash of an Air ' o 'CL Lane. This In a, subject which is not within the ;1ex Of the Central Intelligence Agency and I amt suggest that ym write to the Depart t or the Air Force about; this matter. However, your ,s test' in writing to us is IndAwd appreci- t.ted.. STAT 0/DCI ]bak(10 Nov. 59) Distribution: Orig. - Addressee 1 - ME I - AAB ER v/basic & encl. DOCUMENT NO. dG_ 4 NO CHANGE IN CLASS. 0 DECUISSlFiED CLASS, CHANGED TO: TS S C NEXT REVIEW DATE: AUTH: HR 70- DATE: ~ REVIEVVERF Approved For Release 2003/05/23 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R000300010057-0 STAT STAT Approved For Release 2003/05/23 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R000300010057 STAT November 3, TAT I'm extremely interested in plane accidents for I think there is a possibility that the unidentified flying objects is the cause of many of these accidents. So I decided to send you a letter concerning this mystifying situation. First of all, lets review the crash of the Piedmont Airlines The Piedmont Airlines DC3, en route from Washington to Roanoke, Virginia, was last heard from at 8:24 p.m* on October 30, 1959, when Capt. George Lavrino, the pilot requested landing instructions at Charlottesville, Virginia. At that time the plane was believed to be about six minutes from touchdown. The wreckage 18 miles west of Charlottesville was not sighted until 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The lone survivor E. Paul Bradley, of Clifton Forge, Virginia said the pilot never gave any indication there was anything wrong. Alto, the pilot's wife, Mrs. George Lavrinc said she thought he would be O.K. because "He's flown this route so often." Now, on February 13, 1955 a Belgian Airlines DC6 carrying 29 persons, including four Americans, was approaching Rome's Ciampino Airport, cleared for a routine landing. A few minutes before it was due at the field, the Belgian captain radioed that he had seen a "fireball" in the sky. Before he could finish his report, the radio went dead. Airport tower operators anxiously seamed the sky, but the plane did not appear. During the search for the missing airliner a mysterious "orange spot in the sky" was reported near Rome. Then, after a six-day search, the lost plane was found wrecked in the mountains, with all aboard dead. Here we have two very similar plane accidents, except in the Belgian Airlines DC6 crash a "UFO was sighted." There is something very weird going on the way so many planes are crashing Enclosed is article from THE DENVER POST, concerning an Air Force F104 Starfighter that crashed minutes after taking off into a house in Dayton, Ohio, yesterday. Approved For Release 2003/05/23 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R000300010057-0 Approved For Release 2003/05/23 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R000300010057-0 It is certainly very alarming they keep on crashing minutes before landing or taking off, exploding in flight, catching fire in flight, having structural failure in flight, and going out of control in flight, and this has been going on a long tine. I will be looking forcrard in hearing from you for I would certainly appreciate having your opinion concerning these plane accidents. Sincerely yours, C. H. Mar k, Jr. Assistant to the Director CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Washington, D. C. Approved For Release 2003/05/23 : CIA-RDP80R01731 R000300010057-0 CRASH SCENE AFTER F104 DEMOLISHED HOUSE AT DAYTON Two children were killed and their mother was injured. Jet Hits House; 2 Children Die DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 2.- in the home nearest the Shoup's, (UPI)-An Air Force F104 Star- said the plane plowed into the fighter jet, one of the world's Shoup's house. fastest airplanes, crashed into "I was washing dishes," Mrs. a house near here Monday, kil- Butts said. "I heard this terri- ling two children and injuring ble roar. There was an explo- their mother. The pilot bailed sion. I rushed outside. The out unhurt. The plane crashed into the rural home of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Shoup. It crumbled the brick structure and set it afire: Neighbors said the Shoup's children, Marie Lynn, 12, and Lori, 2, were inside the house and were killed. They said Mrs. Shoup was house was on fire. Both Mrs. Butts and Allen said the Shoup children were killed. The mother was taken to Mi- ami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The public information of- fice said it did not know wha caused the crash. It dispatche emergency crews to the seen outside of the house at the time, I The office said the plane clothing caught fire. L. W. four to five thousand feet w I Allen, who lives across the Bradbury e j e c t e d him street from the Shoup home, from it. wrapped a cloth around the woman and doused the flames. The plane crashed minutes after taking off from nearby Wright - Patterson Air Force Base. Shortly after the plane crashed gral the pilot, Maj. James W. Brad- bury, 34, telephoned the base to report he had ejected himself and was not injured. Mrs. Marjorie Butts, who lives The Starfighter holds world's speed and altitude has flown at speeds of in excess of 91,000 feet, t