Aransas Pass, TX Private Plane Crash, July 1930
PLANE FALLS, KILLING FIVE FISHERMEN ON TEXAS OUTING.
DEAD ARE IDENTIFIED FROM EFFECTS AND LABELS AMONG BAGGAGE -- ALL FROM MISSOURI.
CRAFT EXPLODED IN AIR -- BODIES DRIVEN INTO GROUND.
Aransas Pass, Texas, July 10. -- (AP) -- Five men, all from Kansas City, Mo., were killed when an airplane crashed four miles from here today. The dead:
Identification of the dead was made from baggage and papers in the wrecked plane.
A wing of the plane was seen to give way and the aircraft crashed to the ground shortly afterward, witnesses said.
GABBART was piloting the plane. The party were here on a fishing trip.
A sixth man, S. H. DIERKS, also of Kansas City, who flew here with the party, was not in the plane at the time of the accident, having stayed at the port to fish a while longer.
The plane belonged to W. M. CROSS of Kansas City, who was not in the party. It was a five-passenger Lockhead monoplane.
There was an explosion aboard at a height of about 10,000 feet according to those who saw the accident. The plane did not catch fire, however.
The crash occurred about 10 miles from the Port Aransas airport, where it took off. The bodies of the victims were pushed into the ground.
Persons who viewed the accident expressed the opinion that lightning struck the plane while flying high.
Ogden Standard Examiner Utah 1930-07-10