Boston, MA Famous Aviatrix Killed, July 1912

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There is probably no person who will ever be able to tell what caused the accident, but some are inclined to the belief that the machine suddenly ran into a gust of wind that caused the nose to point downward too rapidly and that suction pulled WILLARD out of his passenger's seat to the rear of the operator and threw him head foremost down through space. The action of his weight forced MISS QUIMBY to follow. Others say that indications are that the tail control broke, for it suddenly pointed upward into the air, balanced almost perpendicularly for a moment or two, and then WILLARD shot out.
At the time of the accident MISS QUIMBY was getting all she could out of her powerful 70-horsepower motor in an effort to break the record made by Claude Grahame-White for a flight to Boston Light and return with a passenger. She had been to the light, returned to the field and circled it once and was on her last lap of the course when the accident happened. Gracefully the trim looking plane, painted all white, sped about the field at a rate estimated at between sixty and seventy miles an hour. There was a strong wind that she had to head into.
High above her, possibly a thousand feet or more in the air, Miss Blanche Stuart Scott of Rochester, N.Y., was gracefully circling the field in her Martin biplane and gazing intently down at the pair in the monoplane.
Observers suddenly saw that something was going to happen. The Bleriet faltered a minute, the nose pointed earthward and then took a shot as if from a cannon. WILLARD was hurled out over the motor with both hands outstretched in a maner of a diver and he started downward at a frightful rate of speed. Just a few seconds later the horrified throng saw the woman pulled out of her seat and into the air following the same course taken by WILLARD. Both shot downward at terrific speed, turning somersaults in the air and they struck the water about twenty feet apart and about twenty feet from the shore.
Down through space went the machine without the guiding hand of its fair operator with the motors yet whirling and 500 feet from where the bodies of the two passengers had landed on the bay's surface the machine landed bottom side up and floated about until the rescuers had completed the task assigned them in locating the humans and then the thing mechanical was salvaged and brought to shore.
MISS QUIMBY was born at Arroyo Grande, Ca., May 1, 1884, her parents having moved to that State from New England.
While still in her teens, she began to write for newspapers in San Francisco and made several trips abroad for various publications. In New York she was engaged as dramatic critic on Leslie's Weekly, besides contributing to other departments.
MISS QUIMBY was the first American woman to fly for a pilot's license. In May of last year she became a pupil in the Moisant school at Mineola, L.I. and made her qualifying flights August 2nd of the same year.
Her most notable achievement was a flight across the English channel from Dover, England to Hardelot, France, on April 16th. She was the first woman to pilot a machine over this perilous course.
She is the fourth woman to meet death in an aeroplane accident. A few weeks ago Mrs. Julia Clark, another licensed woman pilot, was killed at Springfield, Ill. The other two were Miss Denise Moore, an American girl, who was milled near Paris, and Miss Suzanne Sangard a French aviatrice.

The Syracuse Herald New York 1912-07-02