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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.

RUNAWAY RAIL CAR

UPDATED OCTOBER 2011

On Oct. 13, 1946, a refrigerated railroad freight car smashed into the lobby of the Frances Hotel in downtown Springfield, Ohio. There were no serious injuries. The car was one of three that derailed from a New York Central train, according to an Associated Press report printed in the Telegraph newspaper of Nashua, New Hampshire. The accident caused damage estimated at $100,000 by William Wendl, manager of the hotel, according to an AP dispatch in the Baltimore Sun. A wrecking crane removed the car from the lobby.

75 YEARS FOR BOX 27


Photo: Springfield Fire-Rescue Division
In October 2010, Box 27 Associates, the volunteer organization that assists firefighters at major blazes and disasters, celebrated its 75th anniversary. Box 27 operates from Fire Station No. 4 on Lagonda Avenue.

FALLING BRICKS

Photo: Springfield News-Sun

On Nov. 27, 2009, Springfield firefighters responded to the old Crowell-Collier building where a section of bricks crumbled to the street and sidewalk. There were no injuries.