Victoria, BC Famous Aviator Killed, Aug 1913

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CALIFORNIA AIRMAN KILLED.

JOHN F. BRYANT'S MACHINE FAILS IN 600th FLIGHT AT VICTORIA, B.C.

Victoria, B.C., Aug. 7. -- JOHN F. BRYANT, a California aviator, was killed here yesterday. The aeroplane, in which he had made 599 flights, failed him on the six hundredth, and after a few moments of aerial acrobatics fell on the roof of a building near the heart of the city. Firemen who rushed up a ladder to rescue BRYANT found him dead in the wreckage of his machine. His back, neck and both legs had been broken.
A heavy woman who insisted on climbing into the machine last week to have her picture taken, is said by BRYANT'S friends to have been the indirect cause of the accident. The fragile seat was damaged and had to be repaired before BRYANT could attempt another flight. The damage was not fully repaired, and the machine became unmanageable because the wire attachment of the steering gear had been weakened.

New York Times New York 1913-08-08