KILLED IN CRASH
W. Va., Scene
Plane Driven Into Side
Of a Hill While
Aviator Scott Dies In a
Hospital 3 Hours
Collection of Sandy Graham, 5-5-05
Fairmont, W. Va., May 31.
--Everett Arnholt, 30, Coshocton, Ohio, aviator, was instantly killed, and Lieut L. H. Scott, 44, of Marietta, head of the Scott flying circus, was fatally hurt when their plane crashed into the side of a hill last night. They were stunting at a Memorial Day celebration at Arnettsville near this city and the accident happened in full view of a large crowd. The wife and two small children of Lieut. Scott were in the crowd and saw the plane crash. Scott died in Cook hospital here three hours later.
The Scott circus paid its annual visit to Arnettsville on Memorial Day and as usual drew a large
crowd. Lieut. Scott was the center of the show although he had other well known fliers in his outfit. Arnholtt was a licensed pilot. All
during the day these men had alternated at the controls of the Scott ships and a continuous program had been followed. many
passengers had flown with them during the afternoon and early evening.
As nearly as can be told Scott misjudged the distance to the ground and the ship instead of rising out of the loop crashed into the side of the hill near the crest. The pilot was "giving it the gun" when it struck and it was going at a terrific rate of speed. The craft was completely wrecked. There was no explosion and no fire.
Hundreds of people raced across the country-side to the scene of the crash. The first to arrive found the pilot wedged in the wreckage of the ship. They removed him and an ambulance took him to Cook hspital in this city. Scott had suffered a fractured skull, a crushed chest with lung punctures, a broken right arm and a crushed left hip.
Mrs. Scott and the children of the injured aviator were cared for by friends and were taken to the hospital. They were at his bedside when the end came.
The bodies of the dead aviators were in a mortuary here this morning and were to be shipped to Ohio later in the day.
The Scott flying circus had been coming to the Arnettsville flying field at regular intervals for a number of years. Today scores of people called at the morgue for a final look at the body of Lieut. Scott with whom many of them had flown in the past.
"Scotty," as he was familiarly known thoroughout the country, is believed to have held a number of aviaiton records, chief of which was the great number of flying hours that he had to his credit. More than six years ago, it is said, his average for actual flying time was well above that of most others in the game. Since then he has continued steadily in aviation and while actual figures are not available it is believed that his total of hours is as high as that of any man in aviation.
He was detailed to the army aviation fields in the southwest and his rise in the service was rapid. He soon was assigned to instruction work and for many months was stationed at Kelly Field in Texas. On February 24, 1919, he was commissioned an aerial flier with the rank of first lieutenant and on April 1, 1919, he was honorably discharged.
Soon after the war he came to Marietta. He continued to reside at Uhrichsville but came here often and it was during those visits that he made arrangements with Dr. John C. Swan for use of his land in the old.....lished a flying field. He did commercial flying and in the years that have intervened hundreds of Mariettans and their friends have had their first aerial thrill in the Scott ships.
In connection with his flying field here he had the agency for the Alexander Eaglerock plane, which is built at Denver, Colo. He sold many planes and trained many fliers. Several young men now piloting in T. A. T. and other governmental services received their first training under his direction. He was piloting one of the Denver ships when he met his fate.
The dead aviator is survived by Mrs. Scott and their two children, a boy, Lyle H. Scott, Jr., and a girl, Margaret Scott. His parents reside at Uhrichsville.