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Cheyenne, WY United Airlines Plane Crashes, Oct 1935



Cheyenne, Wyo., Oct. 31. -- (AP) -- Four persons were blown to bits when a giant air liner of the United Airlines crashed and exploded on a hilltop six miles south of Cheyenne last night.
The plane was a test ship which the company sent on a circling tour of the city a few minutes before it crashed.
The dead:
M. T. ARNOLD, chief test pilot of the United Airlines of Cheyenne, formerly of Chicago.
ABE COHEN, veteran pilot of the Wyoming Air Service of Cheyenne.
EDWARD YANTISS of the United's instrument crew of Cheyenne.
HAROLD KAUFMAN of Cheyenne, apprentice instrument man of the U. A. L. shops here.
The plane crashed in a blustery snowstorm. On a test flight, it had circled the city several times and was headed east when it plunged into the hill.
Witnesses who saw the crash from near-by houses said one gasoline tank exploded as the plane struck the hilltop. Then, they said, the ship bounded high into the air and the second gasoline tank apparently exploded.
It was estimated the plane was traveling 170 miles an hour when it fell.
Officials of the U.A.L. offices here said they did not know what caused the crash.
The plane was a twin-motored Boeing, and had been used for test purposes only.
The crash was the second disastrous air tragedy in the Cheyenne region this month. On October 7 a giant airliner of the U.A.L. crashed 13 miles west of here and carried 12 persons to death on the hills of Crow Creek valley, similar in appearance to the site of last night's crash.

Centralia Daily Chronicle Washington 1935-10-31

article | by Dr. Radut