September 12, 1942

6 Dead, 47 Injured
BUFFALO, N.Y.—The Curtis-Wright aircraft factory here was hit yesterday by one of its planes being test flown. The plane had caught on fire in the air, and the veteran test pilot parachuted to safety two miles from the factory. The pilot, thirty-three-year-old J. Bertrand Purnell, suffered burns, but survived. General Manager of the Curtiss-Wright plant, William Davey, said that the plane caught fire “at a high altitude”, but the cause of the fire was not known. The plane crashed into the roof of the aircraft factory, killing six workers and injuring forty-seven others. Damage to the building was deemed slight. Production at the facility was not interrupted, and production continues.

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