Sixty-five perish as airliner crashes into Medicine Bow Peak


Liz Wood

The plaque commemorating the 1955 crash of a United Airlines flight into Medicine Bow Peak which claimed 66 passengers.

60 years ago

Oct. 6 1955

Sixty-five aboard airliner perished this morning in crash on Medicine Bow peak

One of the worst disasters in aviation history occurred this morning about 7:00 o'clock, when a United Airlines New York to Los Angeles plane with 65 people aboard crashed on the east slope of Medicine Bow peak in the Snowy Range.

Local men who were part of a rescue party from the sheriff's office in Rawlins, said the big ship crashed into the face of the almost sheer rock cliff about a half mile north of Lake Marie, and about half way between the lake and the site of the former Marble...

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