Coon - Plane Crash
Four Ohioans die in plane crash BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Four people from Ohio died when the single-engine plane they were in struggled during takeoff and plunged to the ground, officials and witnesses said. "You could tell the plane wasn't in good shape," said Paul E. Mance, who witnessed the crash Sunday. "Then it dropped like an arrow. I mean, it was gone in a second." The plane had strained to stay up since taking off from the Boone Airport, slightly more than a mile away, he told the Winston-Salem Journal. The Piper Commanche crashed nose first into a wooded area. Killed instantly were Gerald Lee Coon and his wife, Barbara L Coon, both 56, and Fred C. Everly Jr., 45, and his wife, Vicki A. Everly, 42, said Trooper Ben F. Chappell. The two couples were from Dayton, Ohio, and were apparently on their way home, Chappell said. Mary Ann Cassano, a spokes man for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta, said the plane was registered to the Kadon Corp. of Dayton. Coon was president and chief executive of the plastics firm. The two couples had been vacationing together since Thursday and were on their way back to Dayton, according to James Miller, the vice president of manufacturing for Kadon. The plane's thin frame crumpled like a wad of paper after the crash, one witness said.