El Paso, TX DeHaviland Plane Crash, Mar 1923

AVIATORS BURN TO DEATH AT EL PASO

TWO FLYERS KILLED AT FORT BLISS WHEN DE HAVILAND PLANE CRASHES

By The Associated Press.

EL PASO, Texas, March 18--Jay Riehenbach, 26, and Kenneth P. Crown, 28, reserve officers of the United States Army Air Service, were burned to death at Fort Bliss this afternoon when their De Haviland plane, in which they were making a practice flight, crashed to the ground in full view of hundreds of spectators.

The accident occurred at 2:40 p.m. The plane caught fire and became a burning coffin for the two flyers, who were pinned beneath the wreckage. Army officers, commercial airplane pilots and spectators were powerless to rescue the victims, so intence[sic] was the fire.

Brown was an El Paso confectioner and was born in Gotham, N. H. He formerly lived at Portland, Maine.

Reichenback was assistant ore buyer for the El Paso Smelting Works. His home was in Centralia, Ill. Both were officers in the air service in the World War, Brown having seen service overseas.

The flyers had just taken off and were less than 100 feet in the air when they were caught in a heavy wind, the plane nose-diving to the earth.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 19 Mar 1923