Oahu Island, HI Three Planes Crash, July 1925
AVIATORS DIE WHEN THREE PLANES CRASH.
TWO ARE KILLED AND THREE ARE INJURED IN THREE FATALITIES.
TWO PLANES CRASH WHILE IN MID-AIR.
ANOTHER IS ENTANGLED IN WIRE, WHILE RESCUER ALSO HITS HIGH TENSION LINE.
Honolulu, July 23. -- (AP) -- Three army airplanes crashed on Oahu Island today, killing two aviators and injuring three others, one seriously. This made four crashes in the last week, with a total of three pilots killed.
First Lieutenant CHARLES L. MORSE, Lancaster, N.H.
First Lieutenant JOHN A WYATT, Hampton, Va.
Staff Sergeant PROSPER TER MOULLEN.
Second Lieutenant JOHN P. McBLAIN, District of Columbia.
Private HANKS, acting observer.
Both of the officers leave families. Sergeant TER MOULLEN is the most seriously hurt of the injured.
The three accidents occured within less than three hours.
Lieutenant MORSE took off from Luffe Field on the army end of Ford Island at almost the same time that a navy plane, piloted by Chief Petty Officer FROSIO, arose at the other end of the island.
The two pilots evidently did not see each other until their planes were near collision.
Lieutenant WYATT, accompanied by Sergeant TER MOULLEN, was piloting a large DeHaviland plane when his engine statred to give trouble. Forced to land, he made for a small field on the Waipahu plantation, 14 miles from here. He overlooked, however, a high tension electric wire which caught the plane and sent it crashing to the ground. The pilot was killed instantly. Sergeant TER MOULLEN was taken to Tripler General Hospital, where his injuries were declared serious.
Both of these accidents happened within an hour. The collision occurred when Lieutenant McBLAIN, with Private HANKS as observer, went up in another DeHaviland to search for WYATT'S plane.
They located the plane, but in landing hit the same wire that caused the WYATT accident. McBLAIN received a gash in his neck and other external and possibly internal injuries. Private HANKS was cut and bruised.
Titusville Herald Pennsylvania 1925-07-24