Cessna 310B N3603D
30 November 1968
Mt. Lincoln, Oklahoma
In September 2006, we were contacted by a gentleman with a very interesting story. While he was hiking on Mount Lincoln (in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, OK) a pair of hikers told him of an old airplane crash. The story has it that an airplane crashed while enroute to Las Vegas, NV. One part of the story concerns a bag of quarters supposely carried on the plane (for eventual play in the slot machines). The post-crash fire was said to have melted the quarters into the rocks. Our first expediton into the area didn't yield any results, but a later conversation with another hiker gave us some clues to what he believed was a crash site for a military plane. Armed with these clues, we made another expedition on 21 October 2006. I don't know if this is the site either group of hikers was referring to, but we did find the site of an obviously fatal accident.
(27 October 2006): After a week of research and nearly going
blind in front of microfilm machines and our laptop, we have learned
finally the identity of the airplane. N3603D crashed in poor
visibility on 30 Nov 1968, killing the two occupants on board.
George C. Boyd and his wife, Anna, were enroute to Las Vegas, NV, for
an aviation convention. The airplane was never reported missing;
the wreckage wasn't discovered until 2 December 1968.
the first pieces of wreckage found is this welded tubular frame.
On the left and right sides are push-pull rods. No part numbers
or inspection stamps could be found.
||A closeup of a spring return push-pull rod; these were found on either side of the frame.
|At what we believe is the impact point, numerous bits of melted aluminum can be found on the slope.
section near the impact point with bits of melted aluminum and other
parts. The impact point is 140 feet from where the frame and
other wreckage was found.
parts and bits of wreckage could be found upslope of the main impact
point. It is evidence like this that leads us to believe what we
found is a civilian airplane. The fiberglass has white paint, and
what appears to be an interior trim piece is colored a light blue.
||A badly accordioned piece of aluminum found just upslope of the impact point gives evidence of the violence of the crash.
|For quite a distance downslope of the impact point, aluminum intermingled with granite.
||What appears to be a standoff rod was found downslope of the impact site. On it appears part number 53840.
|Another badly accordioned piece of aluminum.
||L to R: Kara Bolino, Mike Moore, Jeff Wilkinson, Jennifer Wilkinson, and Monte Dixson at the crash site.