Cheyenne, WY Airliner Crashes into Hill, Oct 1935

Twelve Die as Airliner Crashes In Wyoming Hills Near Cheyenne

Business and Banking Leaders Among Victims — H. A. Collison,
Pilot, Reported Perfect Flying, Then Thrice Grazed
the Ground Before Final Renting Impact. .

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Oct. 7 —
Twelve persons, several of them
prominent in business or banking,
were killed early today in an unexplained
crash of a United Air Lines
transport plane into a hill fifteen
miles west of here.
Only eight minutes before the
huge plane dropped from a clear
sky to strew the bodies of nine passengers
and it s crew of three about
the hillside, the pilot had radioed
that flying conditions were almost
perfect. The plane was on its way
eastward from Oakland, Calif., in
the New York service.
Planes sent out from the airport
here sighted the wreckage at dawn,
and a searching party of soldiers
from Fort Warren, and State police
found the scene by means of
signals from the air.
THE DEAD:
MATTHEWS, CHARLES H. JR., 40,
vice president of the Union Trust Company,
Pittsburgh; son-in-law of the late
H. C. McEldowney, president of the bank.
CUSHING. JOHN F., of Evanston, 111.,
president of the Great Lakes Dredge and
Dock Company, Chicago.
HILLMAN. Miss JULIET, socially prominent
resident of Pittsburgh, daughter of
J. Hartwell Hillman Jr., chairman of the
Hillman Coal and Coke Co.
BUTLER. VINCENT, of San Francisco,
a lawyer.
BAYNE, RAY of Greeley, Col., machine
company representative.
MINER, G. H., 40. of Chicago, official
of a game board company.
CATHCART, Mrs. CORALYN, of Portland.
Ore., mother of a Pacific Coast United
Air Lines pilot.
WARREN, Miss HELEN, of Chicago, secretary
to the operations superintendent of
the lines.
RENEBOME, ROBERT H., 28. of San
Francisco.
MASON, Miss LEONA, 28, of Kemmerer,
Wyo., stewardess on the liner and former
Denver nurse.
BATTY. GEORGE, 27, co-pilot; a native
of Denver.
COLLISON, H. A., pilot, veteran air mail
flier, and record holder; a native of
Champaign, Ill.
Collison, known as "No-Collision
Collison" because of his record of
7,000 hours flying without serious
mishap, had made the regular stop
at Salt Lake City just before midnight.
He was cruising along at about
11,000 feet toward Cheyenne shortly
before the crash. In his last periodic
report to the air line dispatcher,
he had asked for t h e wind
velocity at Cheyenne. He was told
that flying conditions here were
as he reported them on his course,
almost perfect.

Oct. 8, 1935 edition of The New York Times