Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wingfoot Express

An airship that caught fire and crashed into a Chicago bank on July 21, 1919. Thirteen people died – one crew member, two passengers and 11 employees of Illinois Trust and Savings Bank.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Wingfoot-Air-Express---The-First-Airship-Disaster&id=1014840

The site says: “Once the crew realised that the Airship was lost, the Pilot and the Chief Mechanic parachuted to safety along with a third person who broke both legs and later died in hospital.” That means the entire crew bailed and that the passengers had no opportunity to do anything except ride it down.

http://EzineArticles.com/1014840

Photograph: http://drc.uakron.edu/handle/2374.UAKRON/3589

At http://ace.mu.nu/#345046

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