Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Monday, Sept. 17, 1951
Walla Walla, WA
Pendleton Man Dies in Crash
Chehalis, WA--A private plane crashed and burned 300 yards southwest of the fog-covered Chehalis airport a minute after taking off Sunday, killing the four occupants.
The plane, a four-place Stinson, plunged into a cow pasture and plowed a 180-foot furrow In the ground.
The dead were identified as:
Clarence E. Falk, 30, Pendleton, Ore.
L. W. Rushton, about 50, Unalaska, Wash.
Lloyd E. Rachau. 16, Unalaska.
Lee Berg, 16, South Bend, Wash.
Lewis county sheriff Frank Thayer said the plane was enroute from the southwest Washington point to Pendleton, where Ruston is engaged in a logging operation.Rachau and Berg were cousins.
The plane crashed after a second circle of the field following the takeoff.Witnesses said the engine was operating full-power when the craft struck.
Falk and Rachau were thrown clear but killed outright.The bodies of the other two were pulled from the still burning wreckage by nearby residents.