27 July 2016

Don't Get Too Close

From The Miami News on this day in 1936:

Plane Crash Laid To Ship Downdraft

NANTUCKET, Mass., July 27. - (UP) - The crack-up at sea of the largest single-motored airplane in the nation, resulting in one death and injuries or shock to eight survivors, was attributed today to the powerful downdraft in the wake of the speeding Queen Mary.

The plane plummeted into the ocean five miles off Nantucket lightship yesterday while circling the giant New York-bound liner. Its pilot, Capt. William Wincapaw, who has flown some 2,000,000 miles during 23 years as an aviator, and all his eight passengers were rescued but one, Edwin T. Ramsdell, 46, Boston Post aerial photographer, died of his injuries aboard the freighter Exermont.

Two others, Walter Jordan, Christian Science Monitor photographer, and William G. Rueter, treasurer of the La Touraine Coffee Co., were reported to have suffered cuts.

The remaining survivors, who were severely shaken, were George Mason, vice president of the National Aeronautical association; Ezra S. Eaton, general manager of Thompson's Spa, Boston; Francis W. Carpenter of the Asscoiated Press; Herbert Stier, Boston Herald photographer, and Leslie Cain of Rockland, Maine, mechanic.

Though coast guardsmen offered to take the survivors ahsore by plane, all chose to go to New York aboard the Exermont.

At the time of the accident, the plane, a 10-passenger, high-winged Bellanca Airbus recently equipped with floats, was flying over the Queen Mary in a greeting to President Adriel Bird of the W. S. Quimby Co. of Boston, its owner.


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