Mineola, Long Island, NY Martin Bomber Crashes, Sep 1922
Three Killed Outright.
Three of the passengers were killed outright. Three were taken from the wreck in such serious condition that the surgeon said they had not enough chance to live to reckon with.
The authorities refused to state at 1 o'clock this (Sunday) morning how many of the injured, if any, survived at that hour.
The big plane had just completed a series of figure eights when it went into a dive. It struck with both motors wide open and at a speed of probably 120 miles an hour, figuring in the momentum of the descent plus the speed of the plane.
Mist Was Cause.
A purple land mist which came up after the big plane had taken off probably was responsible for the tragedy. It rose to a height of 100 feet, completely covering the ground. When DAVIS came out of his last figure eight he was between 700 and 800 feet from the ground.
Not realizing that the mist had come up beneath him and failing to appreciate it is believed, that he had lost considerable height in his evolutions, he did not take the necessary emergency measures when the plane nosed down.
To spectators it appears that he was planning to land and wished to lose height before coming into the field. The land virtually rose up and struck the plane. Observers say they do not think DAVIS ever knew what happened.
The accident happened about a mile and a half from the flying headquarters and about 200 yards south of the Hempstead turnpike, which was lined with spectators at this point.
The ambulances at flying headquarters were waiting with motors running in case of accident and started off almost simultaneously with the burst of flame which assured all of the accident.
Major G. V. RUKEE and Captain LUTHER H. KICE, both in the army medical corps, were in the ambulance which sped across the big field. When they reached the wreck however, the fire had burned itself out and only a skeleton of the plane remained. The bodies of Lieut. DAVIS and two of the men were in the wreckage. Three men had been thrown clear of the machine, indicating that they had risen at the last second and were standing when the nose of the machine hit the ground.
Fragments of the plane were scattered over an area of 300 square feet.
Major WEAVER, commandant at Mitchell field, had announced that all victims are dead.
The Mansfield News Ohio 1922-09-24