Long Island, NY Airman Falls 50 Feet, Jul 1911

Airman Falls Fifty Feet.

A.B. Stone Injured in an Accident at Nassau Boulevard.

Special to The New York Times.
Nassau Boulevard, L.I., July 5.-The stiff breeze which continued to blow over this section of Long Island to-day proved prohibitive of further extensive flying, and Thomas Sopwith, who has established passenger-carrying work here as a useful feature of aviation, made only short flights about the field. His passengers were Herbert Duckworth and Harry Horton, the first man to send a wireless message from an aeroplane.

This morning A.B. Stone came to grief with his monoplane. The machine was built originally for the Gordon Bennett competition, but was not finished in time. With two fifty horse power Gnome engines and two propellers, front and rear, the machine came under conditions of the Gould Prize of $15,000. Stone took it out early to-day and had sped half way around the field, fifty feet up, and was said to be going at an average of eighty miles an hour, when something went wrong.

The aviator not being able to volplane (sic) down, the machine fell to the ground. The forward engine was wrenched from the bed and hurled over Stone’s head. The front propeller and right wing also were demolished. Stone was thrown out on his head and was taken to the Nassau Hospital, where four stitches were taken in a scalp wound.

The New York Times, New York, NY 6 Jul 1911