Date & Time: Jan 25, 1932
Type of aircraft:
Stinson SM-1 Detroiter
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Demonstration
Survivors:
Yes
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot Edward A. Stinson was completing a demo flight to potential buyers and while flying over Lake Michigan, the engine failed. The pilot decided to return to the shore and was attempting an emergency landing on the golf course of Jackson Park when the aircraft hit a flag pole. A part of the right wing was sheared off and the aircraft crashed on the ground. All five occupants were injured but the pilot died few hours later from his injuries. Very experienced, he totalized more than 16,000 flying hours.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.