James Hugh Wilson
Wilson, approximately 1970
Date reported missing : 01/28/1970
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/14/1921 (99)
Age at the time of disappearance: 48 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0 - 6'1, 180 - 220 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Wilson was last seen in Cleveland, Ohio on January 28, 1970. He was a passenger on TAG Airlines Flight 730, which departed the Burke Lakefront Airport at 7:38 a.m., en route to the Detroit City Airport, with two crew members and seven passengers (including Wilson) aboard.
The plane disappeared from radar at 7:49; it was later determined to have crashed into Lake Erie. The plane was destroyed in the crash and parts of it sunk in eighty feet of water. The bodies of the crew and five of the seven passengers were recovered, but Wilson's body and one other passenger's have never been found.
Information and photos for the other missing passenger are unavailable. Both of them are presumed drowned.
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Cleveland Police Department
Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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