Quincy, Massachusetts – August 30, 1910
On August 30, 1910, well known Kansas City aviator, Horace Kearney, was taking part in the Boston-Harvard Aero Meet being held at the Atlantic Aviation Field in Quincy, when he was involved in an airplane crash.
Shortly before the accident, Mr. Kearney had made a successful test flight with his Pfitzner monoplane and reached an altitude of 70 feet over the field before landing safely.
On his second flight he rose to 25 feet, and began practicing some dips and rises to see how the aircraft would handle. As he was doing so a strong gust of wind caught the aircraft and sent it into a spin. The front of the airplane smashed into the ground and splintered, and the wheels were broken. The rest of the plane was thought to be salvageable, but it would take time to make repairs.
Mr. Kearney survived with bumps and bruises.
Mr. Kearney later lost his life in another aviation accident in 1912 in the water off California.
The Bridgeport Evening Farmer, “Horace Kearney’s Aero Plane Wrecked At Opening Of Boston-Harvard Meet”, August 31, 1910