Sandy Hook, NJ Plane Crashes, Pilot Drowns, Sept 1930

Army Officer Drowns

FORT HANCOCK, N.J., Sept. 1 (AP)--Lieut. William Harbold of Mitchel Field, Long Island, was drowned as his plane sank Monday after he had lost his bearings in a fog and crashed into the ocean six miles south of Sandy Hook Point, near Twin Lights.

His companion, Lieut. Donald H. Baxter, clung to the ship's landing wheels and was rescued by the crew of a fishing schooner. Coast guard cutters put out shortly after the accident to locate the plane and the pilot's body. Lieutenant Baxter was brought to a hospital here, suffering from shock and immersion.

The crash occurred in full view of thousands of summer residents on the beach. The plane, flying from the west, swooped low as it passed over the breakwater and, apparently unable to rise, hit the waves. Rescue parties put out in rowboats but were hindered by choppy waves.

Army authorities at Mitchel Field said the officers were returning from a week-end trip to Washington and became confused in the murky weather. Coast guard officials said the plane narrowly missed a group of cottages housing 200 people as it swept across the beach into the water.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 2 Sept 1930

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