North Yakima, WA Airship Crash At Fair Grounds, June 1912

AVIATOR PARMALEE PLUNGES TO DEATH.

CAUGHT BY TREACHEROUS GUST OF WIND WHILE GIVING EXHIBITION FLIGHT IN WASHINGTON STATE.

HIS MACHINE IS OVERTURNED.

FORMER AUTOMOBILE DRIVER AND PUPIL OF THE WRIGHTS WAS DARING AND MADE DURATION RECORD.

Special to The New York Times.
North Yakima, Wash., June 1. -- PHILIP PARMALEE, the aviator, was killed here to-day while giving an exhibition flight from the fair grounds. PARMALEE was the flying partner of CLIFFORD TURPIN, whose airship flew into the grandstand at Seattle Thursdsay[sic], killing two persons and injuring fifteen.
PARMALEE'S body was found by farmers in the lower end of the Moxie Valley. They pulled him out from under the engine and debris of the biplane. The engine was wrenched from its place and the planes were shattered, showing that he struck the ground with considerable force. The theory advanced for the accident by his mechanicians is that he had turned and was flying before the wind just below the rim of the Moxie hills when he struck a gust from one side and was unable to control the machine.
Thousands saw the flight and noticed as PARMALEE reached about 400 feet, his highest altitude, that he seemed to lose control. Within the twinkling of an eye the aircraft turned turtle and reeled toward the earth.
Before he prepared for his last flight PARMALEE was urged to postpone the exhibition, at least until the wind quieted, but he laughted at the persistent and fatal misfortune that had dogged aviators for the week and climbed to his seat.

The New York Times New York 1912-06-02

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