Friday, January 21, 2011
AIRLINER DOWN - 1931
On New Year's Eve 1931, an American Airways flight crashed east of Springfield, claiming the lives of four of the five people aboard. The single-engine Fairchild Pilgrim 100A, which stopped at Columbus on a flight from Cleveland to Louisville, went down in a muddy field near Brighton in Harmony Township. The sole-survivor, pilot Lewis L. Bowen, said his aircraft "was flying low when it went into a barrel roll," according to the Associated Press.