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Description: Beery's Plane Lies In RuinsDate: March 25 1930
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 7
BEERY’S PLANE LIES IN RUINS
Machine of Film Villain Wrecked And Three People Burned to Death
LOS ANGELES, Mar. 25 (AP) – Wallace Beery’s cabin biplane, in which the film villain expected soon to fly to Mexico City, today lay in ruins in a dry wash near Alhambra, Cal., where it crashed yesterday bringing death to two men and a woman. Beery was not aboard the ship.
George Maves, 23, Beery’s personal pilot, his wife, Cynthia Maves and Lynn H. Hayes, 26, transport pilot and friend of Maves, were killed when the plane crashed and burst into flames after going into a tail spin at 500 feet altitude. It struck only a short distance from Valley Boulevard, one of the main highways south from Los Angeles. Scores of motorists rushed immediately to the scene, but were unable to aid the passengers trapped behind a wall of flames.
Witnesses said the plane apparently developed trouble shortly after taking off from the Burbank airport on a cruise over the San Gabriel Valley. A sputtering motor sounded the alarm as the ship soared over Pasadena, and it appeared to be losing altitude. At approximately 500 feet the nose suddenly pointed downward and the plane plummeted earthward. It burst into flames with the impact.
Beery said when informed of the accident, that he was unaware that Maves had taken the plane from its hangar. The screen player, himself a pilot, said Maves had been employed only to take care of the plane on the ground, and had never had his permission to use the ship for personal flights.