Jacksonville, FL Aviator Killed in Practice Flight, Apr 1926

NEGRESS IS KILLED IN MAKING FLIGHT

Jacksonville, Fla., April 30--(AP)--Bessie Coleman, said to be the only negro woman aviator, was killed here today while piloting an airplane in a practice flight. William D. Wills, 24, a white man, who was handling publicity for an exhibition the woman was to have given here tomorrow, also lost his life when the plane turned over and fell 2,000 feet. The woman tumbled out but Wills fell with the plane.

North Adams Transcript, North Adams, MA 30 Apr 1926