Engine Explodes on Hitting Water
Mr. L. F. Macdonald and Mr. Harry England Killed While Attempting to
Fly Over River, Their Monoplane Making a Dive from a Height of 120 Feet.
The New York Herald
June 14, 1913
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According to Mr. H. G. Tieehurst, manager of the Thames ammunition works, who saw the tragedy through a telescope from the conning tower of the company at Erith, after the machine struck it exploded. He saw one of the aviators clamber out of the water and try to climb up the left wing of the monoplane, but his weight was too much, and it sank at once. Then the man swam away from the wreck and struck out for the shore, but, numbed by the icy cold water, he perished after swimming ten yards.
The bodies have not yet been recovered.
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