Pocatello, ID Air Craft Crash Kills Seven, Sep 1928


Farmer Near Pocatello Tells of Seeing Craft Flying Low Over Rance and Circling Field Six Times, Evidentely Looking for Landing Plane; Inspector Shields to Probe Accident.

Pocatello, Idaho, Sept. 5 -- (AP) -- The possibility developed Wednesday that the National Parks Airways mail plane that crashed on the airfield here Tuesday and killed seven persons, was partially disabled before it reached the Pocatello airport.
Farmer Tells Story.
A report was received from ROBERT HOGLAND, rancher living near Springfield, 18 miles north of here, that the plane was soon flying low over a field near his ranch at 11:30 a.m., with the pilot evidently looking for a place to land. After circling the field six times, the plane headed toward Pocatello, flying very low.
This was just 20 minutes before the craft appeared over the Pocatello airfield, and without apparent cause, other than the tipping of its right wing by a vagrant gust of wind, plunged to the ground on its nose.
Inspector Due Today.
Pending arrival of Inspector SHIELDS of the aircraft division of the department of commerce, no official startment on the accident will be forthcoming on Wednesday. SHIELDS was expecting to arrive on the southbound mail plane from Billings, Mont., Wednesday, to officially investigate the crash, but was delayed, and will not be here until Thursday.
The body of PAUL WHEATLEY, pilot of the ill-fated airplane, was shipped to Spokane, Wednesday night, accompanied by MRS. WHEATLEY, her two children and a sister. For several years after the war WHEATLEY made Spokane his headquarters while engaged in commercial flying. He had had long experience in the air, including service with the United States army.
Bodies Shipped South.
L. C. SHAPER, mechanic at the Salt Lake City airport for the National Parks Airways company, whose wife and two small children, his entire family, were killed in the crash, left Wednesday night for Salt Lake with their bodies. Twenty business men of Ogden, Utah, Wednesday escorted a motor hearse carrying back to their homes the bodies of JESSE S. RICHARDS, secretary of the Ogden chamber of commerce, and LLOYD A. TIMMERMAN, newspaper man, other victims of the wreck.
The remains of the seventh victim, W. G. McLEAN, traveling representative of the Liberty magazine, was being held here pending receipt of word from his relatives in Winnipeg.

Billings Gazette Montana 1928-09-06