Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West
Douglas DC-3 N15570
Patricia "Patty" Nannes was only twenty-one years old at the time of her death. Patty was the only stewardess on Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Douglas DC-3 N15570 Flight 708 en route from Hawthorne, Nevada to Burbank, California. With thirty-five passengers and crew the plane disappeared in a blinding winter snow storm on 2/18/69.
A private pilot Stanford Dow and his wife spotted the wreckage of N15570 on 8/8/69, which would have been Patty's twenty-second birthday. When rescue teams finally reached the site, snow was still present making the recovery of those on board very difficult. By August 15 all bodies were "reported" recovered from the remote crash north of Mt. Whitney.
Noted peak bagger and wreck hunter Tom Gossett may have been the first to
re-visit the wreck during his alpine style climb in August 2002. Tom
reported that some remains and personal effects were present, and he said
he was overcome by what he saw. Since that time only a few climbers
and wreck hunters have reached the site. Most have taken only photos, but
some may have removed personal effects and other items.
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Char Winfrey Buckley, the sister of Carolee Winfrey Dalbec, who was killed
on Flight 708 along with her husband Patrick, has appealed for help in locating
her brother-in-laws badge shown here. Patrick Dalbec was a Los Angeles
County Deputy Sheriff at the time of the crash and he was carrying his badge on
Flight 708. Patrick has a son who followed in his fatherís foot steps to
become a Fresno County Sheriff, and the return of the badge would
mean a great deal to Char and her nephew. Char Winfrey Buckley can be
reached at cbuckley mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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