Mineola, Long Island, NY Plane Loses Wings and Crashes, Jun 1935

Two Fliers Killed on Long Island As Plane Loses Wing and Crashes

Amateur Pilots Die Instantly When Craft Hurtles 1,500 Feet
to a Field at Manson, Narrowly Missing a Barn —
Both Victims Were Commercial Artists.

MINEOLA, L. I., June 22 — Two
amateur fliers were killed instantly
at 7:30 o'clock tonight when a
monoplane in which they were flying
dropped 1,500 feet and crashed
on a field near Nassau Boulevard
and Argyle Road, Munson.
The pilot was Albert Whitney, 40-
years old, of Beach Street, Garden
City, owner of th e plane, an open cockpit
craft. His companion was
Floyd Brink, 42, of Flushing. Both
were commercial artists and close
friends and both had pilot's licenses.
The right wing dropped off the
plane just before it fell, according
to Albert Weisbrod of Roxbury
Road and Nassau Boulevard, who
saw the crash. Mr. Weisbrod said
the wing was lost while the plane
was at the 1,500-foot altitude. Then,
he said, the plane spiraled to the
Whitney was able to switch off
the ignition and there was no fire.
The crumpled wing was found five
blocks away from the engine and
the fuselage, which were buried in
the ground near a barn. The body
of the plane narrowly missed the
barn. There were no dwellings
near by.
Mr. Weisbrod said the plane started
to fall so suddenly that he
thought it would crash near him,
and he ran to get out of its way.
It landed several blocks away from
him, however.
The Nassau County police of the
Valley Stream station, summoned
by Mr. Weisbrod and motorists
who had seen the crash, removed
the bodies of the two men from
the wreckage.
The identifications were made at
the morgue. Mr. Whitney was
married and had two children.
Relatives of Mr. Brink were summoned
to verify an identification
made by mechanics from Roosevelt
Mr. Whitney was employed by the
United States Rubber Company at
155 East Forty-fourth Street, according
to relatives. Mr. Brink's
pilot's license, No. P30411, gave an
office on the eighth floor of the
same building as his address.

June 22, 1935 edition of The New York Times