Anthony John Rosa '64
Planes Down In 'Sagebrush Triangle'
Sunday removed live rockets dropped on the desert by a downed military plane and
recovered the bodies of two officers, but bad weather halted the search for a
survivor of another crash. Searchers
Saturday found the wreckage of the two planes and a third that also went down
last week in an area dubbed the “Sagebrush Triangle" after the
"Bermuda Triangle" of the
Air Force officers in a military plane that crashed searching for the armed
craft were found dead Saturday. An off-duty colonel who crashed in a private
plane was rescued, but his 21-year-old son was missing.
Ordinance teams had to remove live phosphorous rockets from the site
where an 0-2 Skymaster plane crashed during a military training mission Jan 30
before they could recover the bodies of the crew.
dead officers in the plane that took off from Nellis Air Force Base were
identified as Capt. Anthony Rosa of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base,
near-blizzard weather conditions temporarily halted the air-and-ground search
for Michael Helton, hurt in the crash Thursday of a Piper Cherokee in
father, Lt. Col Billy Helton, 46, of
Lawrence Wilson of Bergstrom and Capt. Virgil Johnson of Davis-Monthan were
killed in the crash Friday of their Skymaster spotter plane a mile west of
A search helicopter, hovering at a low altitude, also crashed Saturday but none of the six crewmen was hurt. More than 40 aircraft and several hundred men on foot and in vehicles were used at the height of the search.