From the archives of UPI
Oct. 5, 1986
Two small private planes collided in flight and crashed...
GOLDSBORO, N.C. -- Two small private planes collided in flight and crashed near the Goldsboro Wayne Municipal Airport, killing all three people aboard both craft, authorities said.
A Cessna 182 and Piper J3 Cub were preparing for landing about 11:30 a.m. when they collided and crashed about 200 feet short of the runway, airport manager Curtis Waddell said.
There were no injuries or damage on the ground.
Witnesses said the Cessna was flying above the Piper. As the two planes turned into their final approaches for landing, the Cessna descended and hit the Piper, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Fred Farrar said in Washington.
'This is an uncontrolled airport, meaning there was no tower,' Farrar said. 'They were flying visual flight rules. They are responsible for staying away from each other.'
Both planes crashed short of the runway but did not explode and there was no fire, Waddell said.
The dead were identified as Beaufort Longwith, 45, the pilot of the Cessna, and Herb Howell, 57, and Roger Reason, 37, who were in the Piper.
Longwith was a corporate pilot returning from a trip to Asheville. Howell and Reason were believed to be on a local flying outing, Waddell said.
The FAA sent investigators to try and determine what caused the collision.
Herbert Hugh Howell, was doing touch and go landings at the Goldsboro airport when the cessna came in from behind and clipped the struts of the wings of the Cub. This is according to Buddy Graham, Herbert Howells flying student who was waiting on the ground for his flying lesson and was an eyewitness. Buddy wrote this poem
I met you when I was young,
And you took me under your wing.
We took off together into the open sky,
And to me it was like a dream.
The bond between us became very close,
And when I talked of flying, it was of you whom I would boast.
Herb, you were always a remarkable man,
And to me you will always be my Pilot in Command.
Herbert Howell is my father. He has five daughters, Heidi, Melissa, Andrea, Stephanie and Tina. He married Cleta Friedmann. He ran for US congress as a conservative Republican in 1968 and 1972 and is a man of integrity and honor. He loved the poem High Flight and it is engraved on his tombstone in Goldsboro. He said flying was very safe and loved flying. He was a role model then and always will be.