1926 - NEGRO AVIATRIX IS KILLED IN CRASH. NEGRESS AND PUBLICITY MAN FALL TO DEATH IN PLANE CRASH.
(By The Associated Press)
Jacksonville, Fla., April 30. - WILLIAM D. WILLS, 24, Dallas, Tex. and BESSIE COLEMAN, said to be the only negro aviatrix in the world were killed when the airplane in which they were making a practice flight overturned at 2,000 feet over a field here today. WILLS' body was cremated after the plane fell to the earth when a spectator struck the wreckage igniting gas line fumes.
WILLS was handling publicity for the exhibition the negro woman was to give here tomorrow.
Spectators said the plane took a nose dive at an altitude of 3,500 feet, and overturned after it had dropped 1,500 feet. The negro woman fell out of the plane when it overturned and it dropped to the earth with WILLS.
The COLEMAN woman came here Tuesday to prepare for the exhibition. She lives in Chicago.
The negro woman was not strapped in the plane when it took off, authorities said.
The Ada Evening News
April 30, 1926
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