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AIR BAHAMA HISTORY BY FRED COX CREW FRIENDSHIP REUNION WEBSITE FIRST PUBLISHED JULY 16, 2000

WILL ROGERS
IN MEMORIAM


INTERNATIONAL AIR BAHAMA CREW WEBRING


WILL ROGERS IN AIRPLANE CRASH
REST IN PEACE


Photo by courtesy Charlie Hinton, Florida

Will Rogers, Charlie Hinton,
Tex Davis and Richard Rogers

Photo courtesy Charlie Hinton

Will Rogers was the captain of a DC-8 accident
during landing in Suriname. The passengers
were a soccer team and it happened
during a bad weather landing.
Rest In Peace

Gunilla Kaye Crawford
Will Rogers flew co-pilot /
captain with IAB.
Later he flew captain for
Larry Grew's crewing
company in Fort Lauderdale.



In Memory of a Great Pilot and Colleague


168 Aboard Airliner Killed in
Crash in Suriname

June 08, 1989

Quoted from New York Times
A Suriname Airways jetliner en route from the 
Netherlands with 182 people aboard crashed 
today in a jungle area near the Paramaribo 
international airport, killing 168 people, 
the airline said.

The Suriname News Agency said the jet, a DC-8, 
went down at about 4:30 A.M. two miles from 
Zanderij International Airport. Fourteen 
survivors were taken to University Hospital 
in Paramaribo, but their identities and 
condition were not immediately known.

An airline spokesman, Robbi Lachmising, 
said in Amsterdam that the plane crashed in 
dense fog. The airport has no radar, Mr. 
Lachmising said. Suriname, on the northern 
coast of South America, is a former Dutch 
colony.

The Suriname News Agency said three of the 
nation's top military officers were on the 
flight and identified them as the army Chief 
of Staff, Maj. Raymond Lieuw Yen Tai, the 
air force commander, Maj. Eddy Djoe, and 
the army chief of operations, Capt. 
Armand Salomons. All were presumed dead, 
the agency said.

The plane carried 173 passengers and 9 
crew members, Mr. Lachmising said.

The airline said the plane was flown by 
Americans and identified them as 
Capt. Will Rogers; Glyn Tobias, a pilot, 
and Rose Warren, the engineer. All were 
listed as full-time employees of Suriname 
Airways. Their hometowns and fates were 
not immediately known.

The 20-year-old DC-8, which was registered 
in the United States, broke into four pieces 
but did not explode, and no fire broke out, 
Mr. Lachmising said.

There were no immediate reports on what 
caused the crash. Mr. Lachmising said it 
''was not caused by the plane's technical 
condition.''

The airline spokesman said the jetliner, 
leased by Suriname Airways from an unidentified 
American company, was extensively overhauled 
in Luxembourg about 10 days ago.

The plane, which took off late Tuesday from 
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, tried three 
times to land at Suriname's airport, another 
airline spokesman said in Amsterdam. The weather 
was ''extremely bad'' and on the third attempt 
the jet hit a treetop, the spokesman said.

At least three passengers were top Dutch 
soccer players of Surinamese origin, according 
to Inter Football, a Dutch organization for 
professional soccer players. They were to 
take part in a national tournament in Suriname.

A passenger list was not immediately available, 
but an airline spokesman in Amsterdam, Glenn Jie, 
said most of those on board were Surinamese 
people living in the Netherlands.


Will Rogers boarding an Air Bahama
airplane with Artie Bunch.
Photo courtesy Judith Scott



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