Crestview family celebrates 40th anniversary of father's jet crash survival

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM.

The impact peeled back the front of the aircraft, making the pilots' compartment the leading edge as it plowed along 300 yards of Texas farmland. Both airmen survived.

"The Frederick (Texas) physician who pulled body bags from his vehicle ran up and asked, 'Where are the bodies?'" Richard said. "I replied, 'Here we are!'"

His daughter, Bridget Richard of Crestview, said a subsequent investigation couldn't find a cause for the accident.

"They (her father and Dodson) don't remember anything going wrong," Bridget Richard said. "It just happened and it was all a blur."

Lucky fortunate

"The accident investigation board president stated that we were lucky to be alive," Louis Richard said. "I replied, 'No sir, we were fortunate. If we were lucky, we wouldn't have crashed.'"

The anniversary party is an annual event the family holds to celebrate their husband and father's survival and continued presence among them, Bridget Richard said.

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