Mapleton, ME. – September 13, 1931

Mapleton, Maine – September 13, 1931

     On the morning of September 13, 1931, an instructor and student pilot took off from the Presque Isle Airport in a dual-control Waco 10 airplane.  The instructor sat in the front cockpit and his student in the back cockpit.  The pair then began practicing take-offs and landings.  After completing three successful landings, the plane took off for a forth time.  Witnesses saw the aircraft heading toward Creasey Ridge Road to the west of the airport at an altitude of about 100 feet.  At one point it appeared that the aircraft tilted back so as to begin climbing and then suddenly nosed over and dove to the ground.  The plane crashed in a potato field about 1,000 yards into the neighboring town of Mapleton.  Both student and instructor died as a result of the accident.      

     Source:

    Presque Isle Star Herald, September 17, 1931, page 1.  

Presque Isle, ME – September 13, 1931

Presque Isle, Maine – September 13, 1931

     Shortly after noon time on September 13, 1931, a small plane with two men aboard crashed in a potato field near the Presque Isle Airport.  Witnesses said it failed to come out of a spin. 

     Ralph Morritt, manager of the Presque Isle Airport, was killed instantly.  Raymond Stone, 27, succumbed to his injures at a nearby hospital.   

     No further details were given.

     Source:

     Lewiston Daily Sun, “Two Are Killed In Plane Crash At Presque Isle”, September 14, 1931 

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