Q. In the 1970s, did a plane crash in northwest Davenport near Wisconsin Avenue? — Jerry, Rock Island
A. According to an article published on Friday, April 20, 1973, in the Times-Democrat, a predecessor of the Quad-City Times, a plane crashed on Thursday, April 19, 1973, in northwest Davenport killing six people. The headline from the front page read, "Davenport Air Crash Kills 6; Believed Worst In Q-C History."
"Authorities said a twin-engine aircraft owned by Air Iowa of Muscatine, Iowa, was apparently making an approach for a landing at the Davenport Municipal Airport when it went down in a plowed field in northwest Davenport. There were no survivors," the article said.
"The crash occurred on the John Kundel farm about a mile north of U.S. 6 on Wisconsin Avenue in Davenport," the article said.
"Wayne Dietz, 6535 Wisconsin Ave., whose farm is located across the road from the Kundel property, said he and his son, Gary, 18, were working in a field and looking for aircraft to come across.
"'We see it every night at 5 o'clock. You can tell by the time by it,'" Dietz said.
"The plane was to have landed briefly in Davenport to pick up another passenger and another co-pilot for the last part of the flight to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport," the article reported.
"This was the largest loss of life in a single plane crash in Quad-City air history, local aviation followers say. Two airliners have crashed in the past. One a United plane crashed-landed on the frozen Rock River but there was no loss of life. In the 1940s, a Trans-Lux Airliner overshot a runway and crashed at the edge of the Quad-City Airport. Two crew members were killed," the article said.
To read the original account from the Times-Democrat, visit qctimes.com/askthetimes.
Q. Is there an AM or FM radio station that reaches the Quad-Cities that broadcasts Chicago Bulls games? The only station I have found is AM 1000 out of Chicago. I have a pretty powerful radio, but the reception is still poor since it is a Chicago station. — David
A. Quad-City Times sports reporter Steve Batterson responded to your question:
"The Bulls do not currently have a radio affiliate in the Quad-Cities.
"The nearest stations to the metro area that are part of their network are WAIK (1590 AM) in Galesburg, WSSQ (94.3 FM) in Sterling and WZOE (1490 AM) in Princeton.
"The flagship station this season for the Bulls network is AM 1000 in Chicago, but that will change beginning in the 2016-17 season. Starting then, Bulls games will air for at least the next five years on WLS (890 AM) in Chicago, which does have a stronger signal into the Quad-Cities."
You also may want to try iHeartRadio.com to listen to the Chicago Bulls online. Local electronics stores also may have antennas that can boost your reception.
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