Tacoma, WA Airport Plane Crash, Oct 1937


Sightseeing Craft Falls on Tacoma Airport.

TACOMA, Wash., Oct. 23, (AP)--Two persons were killed and eight injured in the wreck of a tri-motored airplane at 4:30 p. m., Saturday at the Tacoma Airport.


Pilot Leonard R. Rhiner, Kansas City, Mo., and Fred Williams, a passenger, of Tacoma.

The plane, carrying 10 passengers on a sight-seeing trip from Tacoma, was just taking off from the field when its right wing folded back and the ship grounded looped, said John Hillberg, who saw the accident.

Reynor, who came here four days ago, had been taking passengers on sight-seeing flights from other Pacific Northwest airports.

Henry Otis, 28, Tacoma, was one of the first injured taken to a hospital. The other seven were believed to be from Tacoma also.

The plane pancaked at the south edge of Tacoma field on a take-off after having risen only about 25 feet in the air. The entire superstructure was crushed, the wheels thrown 50 feet away and the dead and injured trapped in the wreckage.

Pilot Rhiner apparently had a few second's warning of the impending accident and cut off his ignition before he was crushed to death in his seat, preventing fire from attacking the gasoline-soaked wreckage.

Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, NM 24 Oct 1937