York Haven, PA Recruting Plane Crash, Sept 1920
AIRMEN PLUNGE INTO MILLRACE.
RECRUITING PLANE CRASHES INTO POWER PLANT TOWER IN PENNSYLVANIA.
(Special to Washington Herald.)
York Haven, Pa., Sept. 6. - Two naval aviators crashed down through high powered electric wires into a millrace here today when a wing hit the top of a power plant tower. They were rescued by two residents of York Haven who were observing the flight.
The aviators were Lieut. W. K. PATTERSON and Ensign G. L. HAYNES. They were in charge of the 12-53, one of three planes on a recruiting tour to Harrisburg, Pa.
A heavy storm forced them to a low level to seek a landing. As they approached the Susquehanna River, the mist obscured the power plant. A wing collapsed and they plunged down into the millrace.
Lieut. PATTERSON is know as one of the navy's dare-devil fliers. He is noted for having made spectacular flights beneath the narrow spans of bridges.
When the officers were pulled out of the half-submerged machine they said they had suffered no injury.
The Washington Herald District of Columbia 1920-09-07