Otago Daily Times

Mayor in triple fatality


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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