Indianapolis, IN Plane Crash, Dec 1929



Indianapolis, Ind. -- (AP) -- Officials of the Transcontinental Air Transport Lines began an investigation today to establish the cause of the crash of one of its tri-motored passenger planes here last night which brought death to one passenger and serious injury to two others. Eight passengers were not injured.
D. C. LAW, 47, of Philadelphia, Pa., member of the technical staff of Warner Brothers, Inc., motion picture producers, was fatally injured.
C. MAHLON KLINE also of Philadelphia, president of Smith, Kline, French and Company, wholesale druggists, suffered a broken right arm and severe body bruises. The other injured was MISS MARY FEARNOW, secretary to Donald Bartlow, assistant manager of the T. A. T. She suffered from a sprained back and shock.
C. F. Devoe, Indianapolis manager of the T.A.T. began the investigation. He was to be assisted by a representative from St. Louis.
Meanwhile, an official investigation launched by Coroner C. H. Keever last night continued today.
The plane flying eastward from St. Louis to Columbus, Ohio, reached Stout Field, Mars Hill airport, shortly after five o'clock, flying a half hour behind schedule. Pilot D. W. BURFORD of Columbus, planned to land the ship and remain overnight, since darkness and heavy snowfall made travel dangerous.
He circled the field and as he attempted to set the ship down it was thought he misjudged his speed, and that, added to the slick, icy field, caused the plane to coast to the extreme end of the landing area. The ship struck a five foot stump, the impact, ripping through the fuselage.
LAW was injured in the first crash of the fuselage against the stump.
With the motors of the giant plane still roaring, the plane came to earth, rebounding and accidentally releasing a flame which led spectators to believe the ship had caught fire. The plane did not overturn, but skidded crazily down the field on the base of the cabin, finally coming to a stop near a haystack.

Sterling Daily Gazette Illinois 1929-12-23