Portsmouth, NH Airplane Crash, Apr 1930

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BOY AND GIRL BURN TO DEATH IN PLANE

Portsmouth, N. H. April 27.--A boy and girl burned to death after an airplane crash beside the Portsmouth Country Club this afternoon. The dead pilot was badly burned.

The children earlier in the day had been given their first airplane ride by the pilot and had been eager to go again. The pilot was making for the Portsmouth Airport from the Hessler Farm in Greenland, when the engine stalled. In attempting to land on a road, a wing caught on a tree and the plane burst into flames as it crashed.

The Frederick Post, Frederick, MD 28 Apr 1930

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Two 13 year-old children taking their first airplane ride were killed yesterday at Portsmouth, N. H., within sight of their mothers when a sightseeing plane dived to earth and burst into flames.

The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA 28 Apr 1930

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Portsmouth, N. H.--A boy and a girl burned to death after an airplane crash beside the Portsmouth Country club. The dead were Geneva Brockett, fourteen, of Suffield, Conn, and Bruce Heffier fourteen of Greenland. The pilot Clyde Robinson of Exeter, was seriously burned.

The Nashua Reporter, Nashua, IA 7 May 1930

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Boy and Girl Killed.

PORTSMOUTH, N. H. April 28--(I. N. S.) --A boy and a girl were dead here today, burned to death in a plane which broke into flames as it fell after hitting a wing against a tree. The pilot was severely burned but was expected to recover.

The victims were Geneva Brackett and Bruce Hessler, both 14 years old.

The Lincoln Star, Lincoln, NE 28 Apr 1930