"Airplane Falls, Alcock, Atlantic Flyer Is Hurt", The Chicago Daily Tribune, December 19, 1919.

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LONDON, Dec. 18. -- Capt. Sir John Alcock, who mad the first nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic ocean, has been seriously injured, according to a Lloyds dispatch from Rouen. His plane crashed down near Cottevrad, in the department of the Lower Seine, Normandy.


Capt. Alcock, with Lieut. Arthur W. Brown, an American , as nav igator, in June last, flew from Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland, an distance of more than 1,900 miles, in 16 hours and 12 minutes. This was the first straightaway flight across the Atlantic ocean, and it brought Alcock great fame and resulted in his being knighted by King George,

The trip across the Atlantic was a thrilling one, through mists and the darkness of night. The only mishap was when the navigator in attemptong a landing at Clifden mistook, a bog for greensward, and alighting, his Vickers-Vimy bombing plane stuck its nose in the mud and was partly wrecked. Neither Alcock nor Brown was seriously injured.