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.
They were:
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