Wadena, IA Private Plane Crashes, July 1928
THREE PERSONS ARE KILLED IN AIR CRASH.
Wadena, Ia., July 14. -- Three persons were killed when a monoplane crashed into the Main Street of Wadena this evening.
BERNARD LAPORTE, 35, of Newberg, N.D.
MERLE WALTERS, 32, of Wadena.
OTTO WIRTH, 30, of Wadena.
The plane, falling 300 feet, crashed into Waden's main street, after a wing had buckled during a test flight.
LAPORTE had purchased the plane from WALTERS during the afternoon, when the two successfully completed five flights, LAPORTE, a brother-in-law of WALTERS, was taken along as a passenger on the fatal trip. All were instantly killed.
WALTERS is survived by a widow and two children and WIRTH by a widow and three children.
Charleston Gazette West Virginia 1928-07-08