Malden, MA Plane Crashed into Auto, Nov 1949

Three Escape Serious Injury As Plane Crashes Auto, Burns.

Malden Mass Nov 19 (AP)--A single-engine airplane crashed landed in a downtown street struck a moving automobile and burned today but neither its two occupants nor the car s driver suffered serious injury

The plane owned by Revere Airways Inc was piloted by William F Mullen 20, of East Boston, and carried Herbert F Donahue of Malden as a passenger

Mullen described by Manager Daniel F Klein of Revere airport as a licensed private pilot with 50 hours flying time, escaped with a bruise on the right side of the head and a bruise on one hand

Donahue suffered first degree burns of the face and head

Morris Pearlman 48 pinned in his automobile when the plane dropped into the intersection of Charles and Commercial Streets close to the plant of the Malden and Melrose Gas Company was pulled out unhurt by a passing truck driver

Klein said Mullen lost flying speed making a steep right turn The police went into a spin he said, and while Mullen was trying to regain control it struck a power cable carrying 40,000 volts and dropped into the street Klein said the cable undoubtedly broke the crafts fall and saved three lives

Mullen was able to extricate himself and then Donahue before the plane burned

The young pilot, and electrician's apprentice at the Boston Naval Shipyard had taken off from Revere airport a half hour before for local flying

Klein denied early reports that the plane s engine failed He said the fact its propeller splintered rather than snapped and that the wire twisted around it like spaghetti on a fork indicated the engine was still turning when the plane hit the power line 30 feet off the ground

Portland Press Herald, Portland, ME 20 Nov 1949