Wink, TX Airplane Crash at Airport Dedication, May 1934

Four Killed In Crash At Wink

Plane’s Fall Tragic End To Dedication Of New Airport

Wink, May 21. – Stunned by its first major tragedy, this little community today prepared for funeral services’ for a youthful pilot, two 12-year-old boys and a man who plunged to death in an airplane crash that ended an airport dedication celebration.

Department of commerce officials launched an investigation of the crash that took the lives of Harry LYNCH, 25, pilot; Willie RAVEL, 28, formerly of El Paso, and Bobbie FESLER and Bruce ANDERSON, both 12, of Wink, late yesterday.

Nearly 1,500 spectators – most of Wink’s population – looked on horrified as the plane turned down wind into the field at an altitude of 200 feet, went into a spin, and burrowed in to the ground. The plane folded up within 150 feet of the throng of men, women, and children.

The plane which crashed once figured in another wreck that ended in a flight of mercy. LYNCH last summer volunteered to take two-year-old Billy Warren THEDFORD, son of the mayor, to Dallas after he had been injured in an automobile accident. The plane developed motor trouble and LYNCH, then a novice, in attempting his first night landing, misjudged and crashed in a corn field near Frisco. The baby was unhurt, but died two hours later in a Dallas hospital.

Abilene Morning News, Abilene, TX 22 May 1934