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This photograph was captured at Mount Mitchell State Park. Here is the tragic story behind this wreckage.


The Air Ambulance Crash of 1966

On Sunday night, May 22, 1966, an air ambulance plane crashed in the mountains off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Piper Comanche was en route from Memphis, TN, to Marion, NC, tasked with picking up the body of a Memphis man, Alton Bernard Walker, who had died of a heart attack while visiting the mountains. The victims of the crash were identified as Jimmy D. Curtis and Noel A. Gaines. They were last heard from flying over Knoxville, TN.

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