13 September 1937 Tonawanda News
Three Die When Planes Collide Above Airport
Passenger and Sight-Seeing Ships Collide Over Bendix Field, South Bend, Indiana – Accident Occurred Last Evening
South Bend, Ind., Sept. 13 (U.P.) – The pilot of a sight-seeing plane and his three passengers were killed last night in a mid-air collision with another plane over Bendix field.
Passengers in the second plane escaped with slight injuries.
Witnesses said they believed the pilot of the sight-seeing plane did not see the smaller ship piloted by Charles Selge, 19, transport pilot for the Indiana Air Service Corporation.
The planes struck almost head on. The left wing of the passenger ship, owned by Lloyd Butz, 29, Mishawaka, was sheared off and tangled in the left wing of Selge’s ship.
Butz fought futily to retain control of his ship. It spun in wide circles and crashed about a half mile from the landing field.
Butz and his passengers were killed instantly. They were: Floy Allenbaugh, 38, Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. Abbie M. Beebe, South Bend, Ind., and Fred B. Kidder, 50, South Bend.