Jersey City, NJ Sightseeing Plane Crashes, Mar 1929

FOURTEEN DEATHS IN AIRPLANE FALL OVER JERSEY CITY.

GROUP OF SIGHTSEERS IN PLANE ARE VICTIMS OF GRUESOME CRASH SATURDAY.

CRASHED INTO FREIGHT CAR.

PILOT AND FRIEND IN COCKPIT HURLED FIFTY FEET FROM WRECKAGE.

Newark, N. J., Mar. 18. -- (AP) -- DELMONT PARSONS, a passenger in the Ford tri-motored plane which crashed late yesterday, died in St. James Hospital today, bringing the toll fatalities in the crash up to fourteen.
LOU FOOTE, the pilot, who lies in the hospital in a critical condition, now is the only survivor of the disaster.

Newark, N. J., Mar. 18. -- (AP) -- Thirteen sightseers were killed instantly yesterday in the worst airplane wreck the United States ever has known. The pilot, the only person aboard to escape death, was injured severely.
A huge Ford all-metal tri-motored monoplane operated by the Colonial Airways crashed into a freight car loaded with sand while attempting a forced landing a mile from the Newark airport after its motors had stopped.
LOU FOOTE, the pilot, and DELMONT PARSONS, a friend riding in the cockpit beside him, were hurled 50 feet from the plane by the impact. Those in the cabin were flung into a heap in the forward end of the fuselage. Many were impaled on pieces or torn metal.
Witnesses said the plane appeared to be in trouble from the time it took off from the airport with its load of passengers for a trip over New York City.
It rose sluggishly. Persons who saw the ship just before the crash said the propellers were truning over slowly as though the motors were dead. The plane was not more than 200 feet above the ground.
FOOTE apparently was attempting to bring the ship down on a clear space between two railroad lines, but the plane, buffeted by a high, gusty wind, lost altitude too rapidly to clear a string of cars on a siding of the Central Railroad of New Jersey.
The victims included an engaged couple, MISS GERTRUDE STEEVER of Bloomfield, N. J., and REGINALD WOODWARD, a law student who lived in Brooklyn. The girl's brother also was killed, as were two brothers, ANDREW and STEPHEN HAGMASI of Stamford, Conn.
The dead:
JOSEPH BAUER, Stamford, Conn.
ANTON BOOLE, West New York, N. J.
ANDREW HAGMASI, Stamford, Conn.
STEPHEN HAGMASI, brother of ANDREW.
RAYMOND HEIMSTETTOR, Irvington, N. J.
THOMAS HENDERSON, Weehawken, N. J.
WALTER HENTSCHEL, JR., Jersey City.
WILLIAM MARGARRENTENS, Perth Amboy, N. J.
GERTRUDE STEEVER, Bloomfield, N. J.
W. CLIFTON STEEVER, brother of MISS STEEVER.
REGINALD WOODWARD, of Brooklyn, fiance of MISS STEEVER.
WILLIAM ZISER, Irvington, N. J.
DELMONT PARSONS, 25 years old of Brooklyn, N. Y.
The crash has only been equalled in the number of victims by one other accident in the history of heavier-than-air operation. That was the wreck of the Dornier-Wahl plane at Rio Janeiro last December in which 14 persons were killed while on their was to welcome Santos Dumont, the famous aviator.
FOOTE and PARSONS were found where they had been catapulted through the roof of the cockpit. FOOTE had suffered several fractures of the skull and internal injuries. He asked his rescuers for a cigarete and wished to know if he was in New York. Soon he became unconscious. PARSONS suffered a broken leg and was severely cut and bruised but also was conscious when picked up. The bodies of the dead were found massed and tangled in the wreckage of the cabin.
The accident happened at 5:08 p.m., at a desolate spot on the Jersey meadows between Neward and Elizabethport, about a mile from the airport. Only a few minutes after the ship had started on what was to have been the last flight for the day.
FOOTE came to Newark four days ago to join the Colonial Airway fliers. He had been employed at the Ford airplane factory in Detroit building and flying ships of the type of the wrecked plane. He learned to fly during the war and had 2,500 hours flying time.

Ada Evening News Oklahoma 1929-03-18

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