Andreas, PA Small Plane Crash, Jul 1938
PILOT KILLED IN PLANE CRASH NEAR TAMAQUA.
COMPANION SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN CRAFT PLUNGES INTO STREAM.
NOSE DIVE FAILS.
An amateur pilot was killed and a companion was seriously injured last evening when a plane crashed into a small stream at Andreas, south of Tamaqua.
ARTHUR WEHR, 25, only son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wehr, of Andreas, was the pilot and was crushed to death in the wreckage. HAROLD SEARFASS, 30, his guest on the flight, suffered fractures of both legs, head and internal injuries, and is a patient in Coaldale Hospital.
Deputy Coroner A. F. Zehner told police he had learned through his investigation the accident occurred as WEHR was bringing the plane out of a barrel roll. The ship went out of control and nose dived into the embankment of a small stream.
WEHR, who received his pilot's license more than a year ago, had been in the air with SEARFASS, a boarder at his parent's home, about a half-hour before the crash. He was heading toward his landing field near his home when the fatal crash occurred.
The victim is survived by his parents and a sister. The plane was almost completely demolished in the crash.
Shamokin News-Dispatch Pennsylvania 1938-07-11