Moundsville, WV Plane Crashes Into Crowd, Aug 1921



By Associated Press.
Washington, July 10. -- Officers from McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, and Bolling Field, Washington, were ordered to Moundsville, W. Va., to investigate the accident at Langin Field.

Moundsville, W. Va., July 10. -- Two persons were killed and approximately fifty injured at Langin Field here late today, when a Martin bombing plane crashed into a group of automobiles parked on the ground.
An explosion followed, setting fire to the machines.
Lieutenant C. R. McIVY, pilot, and Lieutenant T. H. DUNTON, assistant piilot, were rescued by Carl Miller, coach of Bethany College.
The dead are:
MRS. GEORGE LONG, 65 years old, of Moundsville, and an unidentified child, aged about 9 years.
Most of the injured were taken to the Glendale Hospital, where it was reported five were in a serious condition. A physician's office nearby also was used as an emergency hospital, where it was reported two had died.
Nearly a score of persons were either burned or injured so severely as to require surgical attention.
J. C. McBROOM and MRS. MARION KEYSER of Moundsville were knocked out of blazing machines by the propeller of the bomber, but were not seriously injured.
Lieutenants McIVY and DUNTON and Sergeant James Long, in charge of the field, declined to make any comment as to the cause of the accident. Lieutenant DUNTON suffered slight burns about the face and hands but neither he nor his companion was hurt severely. The sixteen automobiles were crushed into a mass and set afire, many of them filled with people. Both tanks of the aircraft exploded.
Forty feet from where the wrecked plane stopped and directly in its path, was a temporary structure used to store dynamite, owned by a contractor who is sinking a new coal mine shaft. The shed contained 2,000 pounds of dynamite.
Lieutenants McIVY and DUNTON were taking off in the government plane from Langin Field, starting from the south side of the field, with the Ohio River on their left. They had risen about thirty feet, according to the reports, when the plane swung sharply to the left and seemed about to hit a hangar. An apparent effort was made, it was said, to throw the plane into the river, but it was flying too low and crashed into a line of automobiles along the river bank.
Sixteen automobiles were burned and the dead were trapped in the machines. An engine of the Wheeling fire department was wrecked attempting to reach the scene.
The pilots arrived at Moundsville Saturday afternoon with the bomber from the Martin factories at Cleveland and were leaving for Langley Field, where the plane was to be put into service.

Galveston Daily News Texas 1921-07-11