Hammond, IN Plane Crashes Into Auto, June 1930

THREE KILLED BY AIRPLANE.

CRAFT CRASHES INTO CROWDED SEDAN ON HIGHWAY NEAR CHICAGO.

Chicago, June 16 (AP) - Failing to gain altitude in its take-off, a national guard pursuit plane yesterday ploughed into a small sedan on a crowded suburban highway, killing three occupants and critically injuring a fourth - all members of one family.
The plane, piloted by Lieutenant WILSON N. NEWHALL, of the Illinois National Guard, had flown from Chicago to the Roby Speedway near Hammond, Ind. A heavy rain left the field in a soggy condition, slowing the plane in its take-off. On the fourth attempt, NEWHALL left the earth and the plane paused momentarily over the crowded highway.
Then the plane plunged down into the line of autos, nicking three of them. The propeller of the ship tore into the fourth car and with the force of the undercarriage demolished the sedan.
MR. and MRS. PETER BROCKMAN and their two-year-old grand-daughter, VIRGINIA STERLING, were instantly killed in the crash, and MRS. ERNESTINE STERLING was seriously hurt. NEWHALL escaped injury.

The Evening Independent Massillon Ohio 1930-06-16