Mount Vernon, VA Bodies Of Aviators Found, May 1916

FIND BODIES OF FLIERS.

RIVERMEN RECOVER THE CORPSES OF L. CRANTS AND C. A. GOOD.

ARE TAKEN TO ALEXANDRIA.

MECHANICIAN AND STUDENT AVIATOR, KILLED WHEN HUGE CURTISS MACHINE DROPPED INTO THE POTOMAC, DISCOVERED OFF WHITE HOUSE LANDING -- FUNERAL PLANS FOR THE VICTIMS.

Two badly decomposed bodies, believed to be those of LEW CRANTS, mechanician, and CHARLES A. GOOD, student aviator, who lost their lives when the big Curtiss hydroaeroplane, en route from Washington to Newport News, fell into the Potomac River a short distance north of Mount Vernon and was wrecked on Thursday morning last, were found floating off White House landing, three miles below Mount Vernon, on the Virginia side, yesterday. They were brought to an undertaking establishment in this city last night and Capt. THOMAS S. BALDWIN, in charge of the Atlantic coast aeronautical station at Newport News, was notified by telephone. Capt. BALDWIN is expected here this morning to identify the bodies. Magistrate HARRIS WHITE, of Fairfax county, was acquainted with the circumstances and decided that an inquest would be unnecessary.
One body was found about noon by GEORGE PETIT and CHARLES WILLIAMS, of this city, who were fishing from a small boat off White House. They towed it ashore and notified the officers at Fort Hunt, who communicated with the police department of this city.
About 3 o'clock MATTHEWS JOHNSON, colored, who keeps a light at White House for the Norfolk and Washington Steamboat Company, saw the second body floating a short distance away and towed it in. The body of CRANTS will be shipped to his former home at Hammondsport, N.Y., and that of GOOD to Elyria, Ohio.
At the Alexandria Hospital last night it was stated that EDWARD P. UTTER, one of the mechanicians injured in the accident, was able to sit up and probably would be discharged in a few days.

The Washington Post District of Columbia 1916-05-16