Westbury, Long Island, NY Plane Crash Kills Woman Flier, May 1935

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WOMAN FLIER DIES AS PLANE HITS ROOF

Loses Control While Trying
Difficult Spin — Craft Strikes
Westbury, L. I., House

PASSENGER BADLY INJURED

Four in Building Unharmed —
Two Fliers Forced Down
Near By Slightly Hurt

WESTBURY, L. I., May 26 -
While attempting a right tail spin,
a difficult aerial manoeuvre reserved
for experts, Miss Freidel
Braun, 28-years old, of 124 West
Eighty-fifth Street, New York, lost
control of a Fairchild monoplane
this afternoon and crashed into the
roof of a house on Concord Street.
Miss Braun was killed instantly and
a passenger was seriously injured.
The passenger, Warren C. Boles,
25, of 151 East Thirty-eighth Street,
New York, was taken to the Nassau
Hospital suffering from a brain
concussion and a fractured left
thigh. Hospital attaches said he
told them he was an ensign in the
United States Navy.

Made Five Left Spins

The plane, according to those who
watched it after it left Roosevelt
Field, circled around Westbury for
fifteen minutes and then described
a series of rolls and spins. It succ-
essfully made five tail spins to the
left and then straightened out for
the next stunt. The pilot swung
her craft into a right spin and from
that point never regained control.
The craft spun swiftly toward the
earth, struck one side of the roof
of a twelve-room house owned by
Richard Martorelli at Concord
Street and plunged twenty feet further
to the ground.
Mrs. Martorelli, who was in the
house with two friends and her
maid when the plane struck, said
she ran out after hearing the crash
and saw that the ship had glanced
off the roof and dropped, wrecked,
at the side of the house.
Miss Braun apparently had cut
the switch of her 90 horsepower
Cirrus motor, as the plane did not
burn after it struck. The accident
occurred at 5:55 P. M., and it was
twenty minutes later before it was
possible to extricate the pilot's
body, which was jammed in the
open cockpit.

Craft Owned by German War Ace

Little was known of Miss Braun
at the field except that she was a
licensed pilot and had flown about
125 hours. She came to this country
from Germany about four years
ago. The plane she piloted was
owned by Felix Hornke, a German
war ace, of 22219 Ninety-ninth
Avenue, Queens Village. Mr.
Hornke bought the plane several
years ago, after it had been used by
the Lindbergh geographical survey.
Less than a half a mile away from
the scene of the crash, two other
fliers were injured earlier in the
afternoon when they were compelled
to make a forced landing in
a field at Carle Place. The plane was
wrecked, causing slight injuries to
Louis Ciello, 23, of 7418 Forty-first
Avenue, Jackson Heights, the pilot,
and John Hepburn, 34, of 13254
Forty-first Road, Flushing. Both
were taken to the Nassau Hospital
and discharged later after treatment
for lacerations.

May 27, 1935 edition of The New York Times