Hempstead, NY Famous Aviator Killed, Sep 1912


Hempstead, N.Y., Sept. 28 -- JOHN L. LONGSTAFF, a former English army officer, was mortally injured this evening while flying in a "Farman" biplane with his mechanic, PIERRE CHAVELLIER. When only seventy feet in the air, a wire became tangled and the machine instantly overturned and fell.
LONGSTAFF was caught in the debris. He has a fractured skull and internal injuries. CHAVELLIER, who was thrown clear of the wreck, escaped serious injury.
LONGSTAFF holds a pilot's license from the Royal Aero club of England and is well known on the continent. He had been flying as a scout with the insurgent army in Mexico until recently.

Update: LONGSTAFF died tonight in the Nassau Hospital.

Salt Lake Tribune Utah 1912-09-28