Long Island, NY Amateur Aviator Crashes at Air Meet, Sept 1911

FATAL FALL TO AMATEUR FLYER

Dr. J. C. Clarke, Aviator, Killed at New York International Meet.

Nassau Boulevard, Long Island, Sept. 25.---The international aviation meet was marred today by the tragic fall of Dr. J. C. Clarke, of New York, an amateur, who was to try for his license tomorrow. He fell 260 feet in his Queen Bierlot monoplane, sustaining such injuries that he died tonight in teh Nassau hospital.

Clarke had not intended to fly today in his machine. This morning, however, after Ignatz Seminonk, the Russian aviator, had flown to Mineola and back in Clarke's machine, the wheels were smashed by a bad landing and the doctor was so concerned over the accident that after repairs had been made, he took a flyer up in order to test it. He had flown only 500 yards, rising rapidly, when he seemed to loose control and was dashed to the turf. As the aeroplane crashed on the ground, it turned over, catching him and crushing him.

Five of the most prominent aviators who entered for the meet this afternoon signified intention of withdrawing from the contest, although their determination was not due to the accident.

Eugene Ely, George W. Beatty, Harry Atwood, Bud Mars and J. A. D. McCurdy, were those who decided to discontinue their flights. Ely and McCurdy expressed dissatisfaction with teh rules, while the three others stated that there was not enough money in the meet for them. Mlle. Dutrieu refused to fly today until she received more money.

The Grand Forks Daily Herald, Grand Fork, ND 26 Sept 1911

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