A 1947 Airplane Crash Was A Devastating Accident For Oregonians
In 1947, three Oregon state officials embarked on a spirited goose hunting expedition to Klamath Falls; but, tragically, they never made it there. Governor Earl Snell, State Senate President Marshall Cornett, and Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell, Jr., boarded a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane on Oct. 28, 1947, for what was supposed to be a quick, 70-mile flight. The plane never landed in Klamath Falls. The aircraft went down in Lake County, killing all three passengers, as well as the plane’s pilot, Cliff Hogue. The 1947 Oregon Beechcraft Bonanza crash is a truly tragic moment in Oregon history, and today we’re going to take a look at how this event unfolded.
This Beechcraft Bonanza Crash is one of Oregon’s most heartbreaking tragedies. Did you know about the devastating story of the 1947 airplane crash in Oregon? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Another iconic aircraft, the Spruce Goose, is on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, and is a wonderful place to learn about the Beaver State’s rich aviation history.
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