Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Three FAA investigators probe wreckage early Tuesday of plane crash that killed three persons in city. A triple tragedy struck early Tuesday for a 26-year-old Alva expectant mother when she learned her husband and brother were killed in an Oklahoma City airplane crash Tuesday morning. Ironically, the deaths were prompted by the New Year's death of another of her brothers. Mrs. Virginia Ashton, expecting her third child in mid-March, sobbed in the living room of her home Tuesday after she was awakened by a telephone call. She awoke at 4 a.m. to learn her husband, Robert Joy Ashton, 27, a brother, Marvin Charles Radar, 20, and a third man were killed less than 4 hours earlier when their plane crashed just after take-off at Wiley Post Airport in northwest Oklahoma City. The third man - Kenneth Franklin West, 42-year-old father of three, also of Alva - was the pilot of the single-engine Cessna 182 SkylaneHe and Ashton had flown to Oklahoma City to pick up Ashton's brother-in-law, Radar, and army paratrooper stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., who had flown to Oklahoma City on emergency leave to attend the other brother's funeral. Bobby Rader, a 23-year-old sailor stationed at San Diego Calif., was killed in an automobile accident near Mountain"
Date: January 5, 1965
Creator: Heaton, Bob
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Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society