1930: CLEMENCEAU; M. Gutierrez Airplane Crash, October 12.


"Manuel Guitarrez, proprietor of the Victory grocery here, has purchased a 3-passenger Eagle Rock biplane powered with a Wright Whirlwind motor, and is in Phoenix this week to take delivery of the machine."

"The airplane is of the latest model and type made by the Eagle Rock people at Colorado Springs, and its advent into the district is likely to inspire more of the air-minded of the community to equip themselves with machines. Guitarrez has already had more than 20 hours instruction in the air at the Phoenix school under expert pilots, and is expected to make some solo flights this week."

"The Clemenceau airport will be the home of the new Eagle Rock, and Guitarrez will probably fly his new plane home not later than Sunday next. Much enthusiasm over the acquisition of the machine has been aroused in local flying circles."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, April 18, 1930; page 4.)


"Manuel Gutirrez, owner of an airplane and hangar on the Clemenceau airport met with an accident in his plane Sunday afternoon while landing."

"Mr. Gutirrez, who is a student pilot with five hours solo work to his credit, had made a perfect landing the first trial, and blew a tire as he started the second time."

"The pilot was unaware of having lost a tire and looked down at the field when he heard shouts telling him of his loss. He cut off his motor to enable him to glide to a landing and turned against the wind. This caused him to lose his flying speed and drop 30 feet into the wash north of the air port."

"The plane had just been overhauled by the licensed mechanic, M. E. Rollins, and was ready for inspection on the 18th of this month."

"The owner, Manuel Gutirrez, and pilot, Mr. Wilburn Womack, had planned to take passengers to the Kiabab Forest, on hunting trips when they received their license."

"The United States Department of Commerce, Aeronautical Branch inspector is due either Tuesday or Wednesday to inspect the crack-up. M. E. Rollins inspected the plane Monday morning and the damage done was not sufficient to discourage the personnel of the Clemenceau Airport. If this plane can not be repaired, a new one will be purchased."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome, Tuesday, October 14, 1930; page 1.)

Photograph of the Manuel Gutierrez aircraft wreck: (search online) Arizona Memory Project; Arizona Aviation History: Ruth Reinhold Collection; Marcus Rawlins photograph; RRA-AMP103.


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