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Len Koenecke killed on airplane...



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September 17, 1935

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, September 17, 1935

* Len Koenecke killed on airplane
* MLB Brooklyn Dodgers baseball


The top of the front page has a one column heading: "PLANE PILOT KILLS UNRULY TRAVELER AND AVOIDS CRASH" with subheads and two related photos. (see)
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 30 pages, light toning and minor wear at the margins, some small binding holes along the spine, generally nice.

wikipedia notes: After being sent home from the road trip, he caught a commercial flight for New York City. During the flight, he drank a quart of whiskey and became very drunk. After harassing other passengers and striking a stewardess, the pilot had to sit on him to restrain him as he was shackled to his seat. He was removed unconscious from the flight in Detroit. After sleeping on a chair in the airport, he chartered a flight to Buffalo. While flying over Canada, he had a disagreement with the pilot and a passenger, and attempted to take control of the aircraft. In order to avoid a crash, he was hit over the head with a fire extinguisher by both the pilot, who had left his controls, and the other passenger. After an emergency landing at Long Branch Racetrack in Toronto, it was found that Koenecke had died of a cerebral hemorrhage. The two pilots were charged with manslaughter but were found not guilty in a trial soon after.

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