Hilbre, MB Lightning Strikes Plane, July 1927
THINK LIGHTNING BOLT STRUCK PLANE, HURLING THREE TO DEATH.
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE AVIATORS WERE MAKING TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY.
Winnipeg, July 12 - (AP) - Exploding in mid-air a hydroplane of the Royal Air Force burst into flames and in four separate pieces crashed to the ground near Hilbre, Man., yesterday, bringing death to three men.
The dead are:
Flight Officer W. C. WEAVER, pilot.
A. T. HARDLEY, photographic mechanic.
and F. H. WRONG, surveyor of the Topographical Survey Branch, Ottawa.
Eye witnesses say the plane entered a heavy cloud bank and was lost to view. Soon there was a loud explosion and three bodies came hurtling through the air, followed by the separate pieces of the plane, afire like huge rockets.
Officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Winnipeg today expressed the opinion that the plane had been struck by lightning. The plane was believed to have been at an altitude of almost 3,500 feet when the explosion occurred.
One of the victims was found buried head first in the ground. One of the airmen had a parachute strapped on but evidently had no time to use it.
The aviators were making a topographical survey of the Hilbre district.
Wilmington News-Journal Ohio 1927-07-12