Ottumwa, IA Private Plane Crash, Sep 1938


Ottumwa, Ia. - (AP) - Lester G. Orcutt, inspector for the civil aeronautics authority, was due here today to begin an investigation of the plane crash which took the life of C. I. SHERWOOD, 45, manager of the municipal airport here.
SHERWOOD crashed to his death in a low-wing monoplane he was piloting, owned by four Ottumwa youths, one of whom, FREEMAN McCOY, about 22, was flying with him.
McCOY escaped serious injury. SHERWOOD died of a fractured neck and other injuries.
Clifton P. Oleson, assistant pilot at the airport, who had flown the plane a few minutes before SHERWOOD took it up, said the crash was caused by the failure of the motor.
He said SHERWOOD took off and gained altitude very slowly. The plane disappeared from sight suddenly, Oleson said, and the wreckage was found near Rutledge Station, a short distance northwest of here.
SHERWOOD was a World War Army flyer and long active in Iowa aviation circles. He was formerly a member of the Iowa Aircraft Corp., of Fort Dodge, Ia., and came here six years ago. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Phyllis.
McCOY purchased the plane this spring, with Cecil Lewis, Raymond Suiter and Kenneth Morain, all of Ottumwa. The youths spend the summer overhauling the plane, and took it up for the first time Saturday evening.

Muscatine Journal & News-Tribune Iowa 1938-09-05