Hollywood, CA Stunt Plane Crash, May 1928


Hollywood, Cal., May 26.--(AP)--When the propeller fell off his airplane, Al Wilson, stunt flyer and former Canadian army aviator, leaped with his parachute from a height of 4.500 feet and descended in the midst of traffic of Hollywood boulevard Saturday. His disabled plane crashed in the garden of Frank H. Speaman, the novelist, and was wrecked.

Wilson was rushed to a hospital where physicians said he had dislocated his right arm and wrenched his back.

Traffic and business in the entire Hollywood section were paralyzed for half an hour. The flyer, dangling like a fly from the web of his big silk parachute, came swinging out of the fog bank and descended upon the traffic at a busy intersection.

Wilson told police he was flying at 4.500 feet with eight other planes in battle formation for a motion picture when the plane's propeller fell off.

Billings Gazette, Billings, MT 27 May 1928