Flint, MI Transport Crashes, May 1935

THREE KILLED WHEN TRANSPORT CRASHES.

PILOT, TWO PASSENGERS DIE IN MISHAP; OTHERS ARE SERIOUSLY HURT.

Flint, Mich., May 18. -- (AP) -- A pilot and two passengers were killed and two other occupants of a tri-motored transport plane were seriously injured here today when the plane crashed during dedication of a new airport.
The dead:
THEODORE KNOWLES, Detroit, pilot.
MRS. MARY RUSHLOW, 40, of Flint.
CONRAD RUSHLOW, 7, son of the dead woman.
CLEMENT D. RUSHLOW, husband of the woman killed, and 2-year-old MARILYN, daughter, were taken to a hospital in a serious condition.
KNOWLES' plane, in which he had been carrying passengers throughout the day, crashed as he attempted to takeoff from the field with ten passengers. At an altitude of less than 200 feet both wing motors failed, witnesses said, and KNOWLES barely slipped it past a group of tents occupied by a Selridge Field ground crew before it struck the ground and nosed over.
A flight of 21 army planes had come here to participate in the dedication of Bishop Airport. Officers immediately called into service their own ambulances and trucks and rushed the injured five miles to a hospital.
KNOWLES was buried beneath the wreckage, and was dead when workers reached him. The plane broke in two pieces as it struck, spilling the passengers out onto the ground. MRS. RUSHLOW died soon after she was brought to the hospital and CONRAD died an hour later.
The army flyers who witnessed the crash said KNOWLES apparently made a desperate effort to land his plane and still clear the tents in which he knew the soldiers were quartered. He landed the plane in the only clear space in the area, barely grazing one tent as he came down.
Charles A. Dysert, department of commerce inspector, was here for the dedication and went to the field to inspect the wreckage.
KNOWLES' wife was flying here tonight in another plane to join her husband and was unaware of the crash.
The other injured were:
JOHN SKOLINK, 13, Flint.
MRS. MABEL HARDWICK, Flint, superintendent of a children's home here.
ALFRED ANDERSON, 33, letter carrier.
MRS. MILDRED ANDERSON, his wife.
DEWITT ELWOOD, Flint.
MERRILL GREISE, Flint.
ELWOOD suffered a leg fracture, and both ANDERSON and his wife were said to have possible fractures.
An inspection of the plane by Col. Floyd Evans, state aeronautical director, revealed that there was no fuel in the tanks of the plane after the crash.
Col. Evans said his investigation showed KNOWLES had told attendants he had fuel enough for three more trips.
Col. Ralph Royce, Selfridge Field commandant, who witnessed the crash, said there was no doubt KNOWLES was seeking to avoid striking the tents, but said he believed he would have had a better chance of saving his passengers if he had struck them, since the canvas possibly would have checked the plane's roll.

Galveston Daily News Texas 1935-05-19