Hi again Joyce,
Thanks for your reply, and your kind offer, but I feel the $50 is
sufficient for the information I'm providing.
Just to ensure that we're both on the same page, the information I'm
providing below is what I've been able to discover on the Web
concerning the accident, which is not more, unfortunately, than links
to the information I noted in my Request for Clarification. What will
be more important and useful to you, I feel, is the information and
links concerning the "Aviation Archaeological Investigation &
Research" (AAIR) site, which is a resource of U. S. military aircraft
accident reports, pictures of aircraft crash sites, MACRs (Missing Air
Crew Reports) and individual aircraft history cards and historical
research that should be able to help you find more information
concerning the accident.
There are other organizations/people providing similar fee-based
reports, but after researching, I feel AAIR is your best bet. AAIR is
located on the Web at http://www.aviationarchaeology.com. The site and
organization is run by a Craig Fuller. More information about Mr.
Fuller and AAIR can be found at..
AAIR's address is:
Falcon Field Station Box 22049
Mesa, AZ 85277-2049
phone number: (480) 218-8198
Taken from the site's "History and Mission Statement" page at the link
cited above, Mr. Fuller notes,
"For the last 14 years, AAIR has been researching and documenting
military aircraft crash sites in the Western US. Frustrated with the
long wait and the cost of obtaining documents from the government,
AAIR started acquiring all of the military accident report and
aircraft record card microfilm reels, close to 2000 in all!
AAIR notes that its goals include, ..."provide military accident
reports significantly quicker and at a lower cost than dealing
directly with the government...provide aircraft record cards along
with a translation of the frustrating codes and shorthand so that they
will be more useful in your research..."
As I stated in my request for clarification, the AAIR will provide
and/or locate military aircraft accident reports for a fee. According
to the AAIR, Post W.W. II U.S.A.F. and July 1952 and later U.S.N.
average around 25 to 100+ pages. The average cost for post-1955
accident reports is $30-45+. For reports that exceed 30 pages, the
AAIR charges an additional 20 cents per additional page. The site
notes, "If you would prefer to keep your report under 30 pages, we can
print out just the highlights of the report on the larger reports."
Shipping and handling, according to the site, is $2.
All the above information is taken from...
The AAIR notes, "These reports are unedited (they were just recently
declassified) and we provide the complete report. We spend the extra
time to produce the best print possible from the microfilm." You can
see a sample report at the following link...
AAIR accepts Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and personal checks. It notes,
"...We need a minimum of aircraft type and date of accident.
Approximate location is very useful. In addition, information such as
the serial number and crew names can also be helpful..."
You already have a sufficient amount of information that should enable
the AAIR to track down the accident report, or they may already have
it on hand. I think that if you contact the AAIR, they should be able
to find whatever official information exists on the crash within a
As I noted in my request for clarification, what I was able to find on
the Web concerning the accident was very slim...
Aircraft Type: Fairchild C-123 Provider
Number aboard/fatalities: 19
That information can be found at both the "PlaneCrashInfo.com" site...
and the "Aircraft Crashes Record Office of Geneva"...
Best of luck with your inquiries to the AAIR, and my best wishes to
you in in finding further information.
Search Engines used:
Variations of "1958 +"Payette"; "military accident"; "military
aircraft accident" "October 9 1958" "10 9 1958" "58"