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I am trying to find the official accident report for a Cessna 175 that crashed in Alaska in December 1959. I know that the CAA did the investigation (Alaska was just transitioning to a state when they finally found the aircraft in June 1960), but cannot find the report.

I have found the report for a 1968 F-27 that crashed near San Pedro Bay, Lake Illiamna, Alaska.

I have tried searching the FAA and the National Archives, and the best I can do is that it may be at the National Archives under:

197.3.5 Records of the Office of the General Counsel

Textual Records: General records, 1939-55. General correspondence, 1946-50. Records relating to budget proposals, 1951-58; aviation passenger insurance, 1939-44; the Pan-American- Grace Airways ("Panagra") terminal investigation, 1940-46; aircraft accident investigations, 1952-64; and civil aviation legislation, 1946-64, including judicial review of such legislation, 1957-64. Records of the Litigation and Legislation Division, and predecessor organizations, including general records, 1941-63; legislation files and related records, 1941-84; a reading file, 1949-68; legislative journals, 1947-62; CAB press releases, 1963-69; Congressional calendars, 1961-65; and selected appeals litigation case files, 1944-69.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.  (FYI: My aunt, whom I never met, died with her boyfriend in that wreck--I have been to the site and it looks exactly as it was described so many years ago).



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I tried searching the newspaper archives for more information, but couldn't find anything related to the story of the crash or when it was found. Didn't see any historical reports listed for it on the Special Collections page that has a bunch of mainly older airliner crash reports from the CAA.



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This is from my Missing Plane Data Base:

30 Dec 1959

Cessna 175




Enroute from Anchorage, AK to Dillingham, AK. The aircraft departed into marginal weather for the long flight was last heard from when the pilot reported he was lost in a snow storm & his compass was gyrating. He later reported that he was at 500 ft, low on fuel & was flying W along the shore of a lake. A lengthy search conducted mostly by private & bush pilots & supported by AK ANG C-47s failed to find any trace of the aircraft.  On 10 Jan, SOS signals heard from the Togiak region extended the search in the hope they were still alive. 2 trappers in the area reported hearing an aircraft fly over the day the plane went missing.  Snow & extremely cold weather hampered the search.  The burnt wreckage was found by an airline pilot 40 W of King Salmon, AK. A USAF helicopter crew confirmed the crash site & recovered the remains. Investigators determined they were killed on impact.  Pilot Richard Newton & school teacher Gladys McGladrey, 24.


13 June 1960

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