Wednesday, October 28, 2015

#CollisionWithFame: A Tale of Three Governors

Earl Snell
October 28, 1947: Governor Earl Snell (R-OR) and Oregon Secretary of state Robert S. Farrell Jr., and senate president Marshall E. Cornett died when their plane crashed on the way to go bird hunting in rural Oregon. Pilot Cliff Hogue encountered stormy weather and crashed near Klamath Falls, Oregon, killing all four men.  On January 25, 1962, Governor Donald Nutter (R-MT) is killed when the C-47 Skytrain he is flying on encountered a destructive snow storm north of Helena.  Hurricane-force winds tore the wings from the craft, which crashed into Wolf Creek Canyon, killing both Nutter and all of his party.  Nutter was a decorated flyer who had won the Distinguished Flying Cross during World War II. And, on April 19, 1993, Governor George Mickelson (R-S.D.) was returning from Ohio on a state-owned Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 when an engine failed (the propeller broke) and the plane crashed into a grain silo near Zwingle, Iowa, killing all eight persons on board.