First Airplane Accident in Virginia

The first airplane accident occurred on September 17, 1908, at Fort Myer, Arlington Heights, VA, USA when the propeller blade struck an overhead wire where the guy wire had worn through killing Thomas Etholen Selfridge, US army and the pilot, Orville Wright received multiple hip and leg fractures.

Date:
      September 17, 1908
Name(s):
      Thomas Etholen Selfridge
Location:
      Fort Myer, VA, USA

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