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Chicago, IL Plane Crashes On Landing, Dec 1940

Airport attendants, sensing trouble after ordering the plane to fly on instrument amid heavy mist, placed the crash at 5:48 p.m. (CST). They rushed fire-fighting and rescue equipment to the accident site and had extinguished the flames and pulled all occupants from the plane within a few minutes.
Several pilots at the airport said ice forming on the wings and rudders may have been an important contribution to the crash. Air line officials withheld comment on the cause, but employes said "bad weather" was a factor.

Among the dead was WILBERT J. AUSTIN, 64, of Cleveland, internationally known authority on factory construction and management. He was head of the Austin Engineer Company, which has subsidiaries in California and Great Britain.

The dead:
The crew:
Capt. PHIL SCOTT, 34, Riverside, Ill., the pilot.
1st Officer GEORGE YOUNG, 30, Oak Park, Ill., the co-pilot.
Passengers:
LEE HANELINE, Chicago divisional superintendent of reservations for United.
WILBERT J. AUSTIN.
MISS JANE SELBY, Chicago, employe of the Curtis Candy Company.
S. W. MOORE, Lakewood, O., engineer in the war department.
CHARLES WESLEY MANVILLE, 38, Cleveland, general sales manager of National Refining Co.
KELLER MELTON, 40, Chicago, Safety engineer for the Federal Works Administration.

The injured, all but two in critical condition at Holy Cross Hospital:
MISS FLORENCE LITTLE, 22, Chicago, stewardess, basal skull fracture; condition "very critical."
THEODORE F. PAULSEN, 40, Willette, Ill., Montgomery Ward Co., employe, skull fracture, leg fracture, nose fracture.
R. G. WOODBURY, 41, (55. E. Madison, New York) vice president Textile Bank, scalp wounds, leg fracture.
LEO WOLINS, 37, Chicago, building contractor, fractured collar bone, blood transfusion.
RICHARD PETTIT, 26, Bostonian, Calif., war department attorney, spinal fracture.
GEORGE HAIG, 50, Chicago, Industrial Motion Pictures' executive, arm fracture, face lacerations.
PAUL RYAN, 40, Cleveland, president National Refining Co., arm fracture, leg fracture,head injuries.
O. M. FREDERICK, 52, Olmstead, O., army engineer stationed at Cleveland, face lacerations.

FREDERICK and RYAN were not considered seriously injured, the hospital said. Last rites of the Catholic church were administered MISS LITTLE, whose condition was said to be more grave than the others.

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