Otago Daily Times

Mayor in triple fa­tal­ity

- Incidents · Accidents · Plymouth · Avro · Palmerston North · Richard Russell

NEW Ply­mouth, Novem­ber 11: A ter­ri­ble avi­a­tion fa­tal­ity oc­curred near the New Ply­mouth race­course shortly af­ter 4 o’clock this af­ter­noon, when Messrs Walsh Bros’ Avro aero­plane, car­ry­ing a pi­lot and two pas­sen­gers, crashed and the ma­chine was wrecked and the oc­cu­pants killed. The dead are Cap­tain Richard Rus­sell, James

Clarke (41), Mayor of New Ply­mouth and Kath­leen Warnock (24). The Avro, which ar­rived here on Mon­day from Palmer­ston North, has been en­gaged daily this week on pas­sen­ger flights from the race­course, and Mr Clarke and Miss Warnock were mak­ing a short trip when the dis­as­ter oc­curred. Prior to the ac­ci­dent Cap­tain Rus­sell gave an ex­hi­bi­tion of fancy fly­ing, but when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred he was mak­ing an or­di­nary pas­sen­ger flight, and was de­scend­ing when he crashed. The plane had com­pleted the jour­ney and was de­scend­ing to­wards the race­course when it was seen to top­ple rapidly and fall, land­ing in a pad­dock not far from the race­course.

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