Chicago, IL National Air Race Accidents, Aug-Sept 1930

Fatal Gas is Discovered In Blood of Dead Flyer

Chicago, Ill., Sept. 2 (AP).-Discovery of carbon monoxide in the blood of Capt. Arthur Page Jr. led Health Commissioner Arnold Kegel to express belief Tuesday night that the gas may have been responsible for the marine corps flyer’s fatal crash at Monday’s national air races.

Dr. Kegel based his opinion on the report of Dr. William D. Mcnally, health department toxicologist, that a sample of the Captain’s blood, taken before he died and about three hours after the accident, contained .47 per cent of carbon monoxide.

“Our tests show there was not enough of the gas to kill a man,” Dr. Kegel said, “but a pilot flying a plane at 207 miles an hour and turning posts would not have to be very dizzy or sick to have a serious accident.”

Dr. McNally recalled that Al Williams, famous racing pilot, had crashed in similar fashion after being overcome by accumulated gases in the cockpit of his ship.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 3 Sept 1930