Forest Hills, NY Plane Crashes In Front Of Tennis Crowd, Sept 1920

AIRMEN FALL TO DOOM IN MIDST OF BIG CROWD OF TENNIS SPECTATORS.

MACHINE BURIES NOSE IN GROUND BEFORE STANDS.

PLANE TAKES TAIL SPIN AS PASSENGERS PHOTOGRAPH CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.

Forest Hills, N.Y., Sept. 6. - Swooping down over the heads of 10,000 spectators at the National Singles championship tennis matches here today in a daring tail spin that left the crowd gasping, a naval airplane crashed into a field within a short distance of the grandstand, killing both of its occupants.
The men killed were Lieut. JAMES GRIER, an officer of the naval detachment of Mitchell Field, L. I., and Sergt. SAXE, of the army air service. Both had been taking photographs of the players and the crowd, and distracting the attention of the spectators with their daring maneuvers.

Machine Partly Buried.
The airplane was within 700 feet of the ground when its nose was tilted in a tail spin. The crash came so suddenly there was no time for panic. The machine plunged downward with such force that is was partly buried in the ground and its wings had crumpled and folded upon themselves.
Lieut. GRIER was killed instantly. Sergt. SAXE was rushed to a hospital but died before the ambulance reached there. The machine was so completely wrecked that no one could hazard a guess as to the cause of the fatal plunge.

The Washington Herald District of Columbia 1920-09-07