Winnipeg, MB Stunt Flyer Killed In Crash, June 1930
REGINA AIRMAN KILLED WHILE STUNTING MACHINE.
JAMES HILL DASHED TO INSTANT DEATH WHEN WING OF PLANE BREAS.
WAS GIVING EXHIBITION AT 3,500 FEET ABOVE STEVENSON FIELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
TENTATIVE ENQUIRY INDICATES AS RESULT OF EVOLUTIONS PLANE WAS TAXED BEYOND ITS CAPACITY.
Winnipeg, Manitoba (CP) -- Stunting over the west end of Winnipeg in a tiny single-seater airplane cost JAMES HILL, 23-year-old member of the Regina Flying Club, his life, at 5:33 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
HILL, the eldest son of W. H. A. Hill, prominent Regina broker, crashed to his death in an open field about two miles northwest of Stevenson's Flying field, St. James, when the right wing of his plane, one of the smallest types of light aircraft manufactured, crumpled up at an altitude of 3,500 feet.
The plane, witnesses said, hurtled towards the earth spinning slowly at the same time, its broken wng, which snapped in the middle, flapping loosly against the fuselage.
While hundreds looked on in horror, the machine falling at terrific speed, plunged nose down onto a disused grade crossing the open expanse of prairie in that vicinity, and striking the ground with tremendous force was transformed into a mass of wreckage by an impact that was heard more than a mile away.
The young pilot was killed instantly, his body mangled almost beyond recognition. Eye-witnesses and scores of others who heard the crash, rushed to the spot, but there was nothing in the way of rescue work that could be done.
Provincial coroner Dr. N. A. Laurendeau, was summoned and after an investigation at the scene, had the body removed in an ambulance to Mordue Bros. undertakers.
Flight Lieutenant T. M. Shields district inspector of civil aviation also was notified and arrived at the spot shortly, before the coroner. He immediately commenced an official investigation on behalf of the Air Board, which will be continued today.
Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1930-06-23