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
June 08, 1989
Crash in Suriname
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
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
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