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 Peter Van Vleck Brison

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Peter Van Vleck Brison

Birth
Bronxville, Westchester County, New York, USA
Death
25 Feb 1964 (aged 32)
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial
Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID
44995810 View Source

On February 25, 1964, Eastern Air Lines Flight 304 left New Orleans International Airport for Atlanta, en route to New York, at 2:01 a.m. Central Standard Time, and disappeared from radar at 2:10 a.m., crashing into Lake Pontchartrain about 20 miles northeast of the city. There were no survivors among the 51 passengers and 7 crew members on board. The main cabin of the aircraft was never found. The final findings of the CAB/NTSB were issued in 1966, indicating that the aircraft encountered severe turbulence from which there was not enough altitude to recover.[1]

"Peter V. Brisson" and his family were from Bainbridge, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Other family members on the plane were "Mrs. Marie M. Brisson", "Gabrielle M. Brisson" (infant), and "Timoteo V. Brisson" (infant). Peter was a former newsman for the New York Times, and had spent the last two years in Mexico editing a Catholic mission magazine at Cuernavaca. He was returning to re-enter the newspaper field at the time of the crash.[2]

The remains of Peter and his wife Mayalen were found and identified by their wedding bands, with the two babies near them. They are buried together in a small cemetery near Marietta, Pennsylvania. The grave marker identifies their death together in the air crash, Feb. 24, 1964. Mayalen was expecting their third child.[3]

Sources:
[1] Various internet newspaper stories and official reports
[2] An unidentified Corpus Christi newspaper. Also, The Era, Bradford, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, 26 Feb 1964, pg. 3, col. 1, "Eight of Persons Killed in Plane Had Ties in State."
[3] Family member

On February 25, 1964, Eastern Air Lines Flight 304 left New Orleans International Airport for Atlanta, en route to New York, at 2:01 a.m. Central Standard Time, and disappeared from radar at 2:10 a.m., crashing into Lake Pontchartrain about 20 miles northeast of the city. There were no survivors among the 51 passengers and 7 crew members on board. The main cabin of the aircraft was never found. The final findings of the CAB/NTSB were issued in 1966, indicating that the aircraft encountered severe turbulence from which there was not enough altitude to recover.[1]

"Peter V. Brisson" and his family were from Bainbridge, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Other family members on the plane were "Mrs. Marie M. Brisson", "Gabrielle M. Brisson" (infant), and "Timoteo V. Brisson" (infant). Peter was a former newsman for the New York Times, and had spent the last two years in Mexico editing a Catholic mission magazine at Cuernavaca. He was returning to re-enter the newspaper field at the time of the crash.[2]

The remains of Peter and his wife Mayalen were found and identified by their wedding bands, with the two babies near them. They are buried together in a small cemetery near Marietta, Pennsylvania. The grave marker identifies their death together in the air crash, Feb. 24, 1964. Mayalen was expecting their third child.[3]

Sources:
[1] Various internet newspaper stories and official reports
[2] An unidentified Corpus Christi newspaper. Also, The Era, Bradford, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, 26 Feb 1964, pg. 3, col. 1, "Eight of Persons Killed in Plane Had Ties in State."
[3] Family member


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