1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 24, 2022 1:51 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking information about Curtiss "flying boat" accident in 1916

    Judy Miller Newbie

      In researching my family history, an Ira Lewis Crants was killed in May 1916.  He was a mechanic for Glenn A. Curtiss and was killed in the crash of an H-7 "flying boat" called the Chesapeake into the Potomac River near near Mount Vernon.  He had been sent from Curtiss' company in Hammondsport, New York, to do a repair on the craft.  I haven't been able to find many details about what caused the crash, other than some eye-witness told a newspaper reporter that he saw something fall off the plane.  Where might I look for more information about the cause?  Was there an inquiry?  Aviation was quite young back then, so not sure if there was somewhere airplane accidents were kept track of.