Macon, GA Bomber Crash At Air Derby, Feb 1928

THREE DIE AS BOMB HURLS PLANE INTO CITY CROWD.

SIX SPECTATORS IN WRECK OF CRAFT HURT AS SIDEWALK FALLS.

By United Press.
Leased Wire To Tribune.
Macon, Ga., Feb. 18. -- The premature explosion of a bomb sent an airplane plunging into a crowded street here today, carrying its two occupants to death, killing one spectator and injuring six others.
The crash came during preliminaries to the Southeastern Air Derby, scheduled to have opened today. Despite the gloom caused in the city by the tragedy, the meet will be held tomorrow and Monday.
The fliers, BUCK STEELE of Shreveport, La., and FRANCIS ASHCRAFT, of Towanda, Pa., were over the city dropping bombs to announce the opening of the air meet, when one of the bombs exploded too soon, blowing off part of a wing and sending the airplane into the crowded street 2500 feet below.
There it struck, C. I. MURPHY, 34, father of four children. He died an hour later. The crash caused a panic among the watchers on the sidewalk, but the majority of them scrambled to safety.
A few minutes later the crush around the wreckage of the plane was so great that six spectators were injured when the sidewalk collapsed, and they were thrown ten feet into the basement of a store. The following suffered injuries:
MARY COUSLEY, cut and bruised.
ALMOND KELLER, cut and bruised.
L. L. CARRINGTON, leg and arm injured.
MOSES UNDERWOOD, leg injured.
DORIS CHANDLER, 3 years old, bruised.
ELLA COLEY, Negro, internal injuries.

Oakland Tribune California 1928-02-19