1940 Lovettsville Airline Disaster Archive

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WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY VIDEO “The Plane Crash by John P. Flannery” at https://vimeo.com/191335903

Official Report of the Civil Aeronautics Board, Accident Involving NC 21789 near Lovettsville, Virginia (1940)

25 Dead in Crash of Air Transport; Lundeen Is Killed – New York Times (1940)

25 Die in Airplane Crash; Senator Lundeen Among Victims – The Zanesville Signal (1940)

25 Killed When Passenger Plane Crashes – The Coshocton Tribune (1940)

Farm Boy Tells Story of Plane Crash Killing 25 – Chicago Daily Tribune (1940)

Tragedy On the Airways  – The Washington DC Sunday Star (1940)

Airplane Crackup, Worst Crash In History, Kills Senator Lundeen – LIFE Magazine (1940)

These Crack-Ups Spoiled the Airlines’ Perfect 17-Month Safety Record – LIFE Magazine (1941)

1940 Air Crash Took A Toll Not Soon Forgotten – The Daily Progress (2009)

Death of Senator from Minnesota Still Shrouded in Mystery (2009)

Recollections of Allan W. Brown Regarding the 1940 Lovettsville Air Disaster (2015)

LHS Free Lecture Series: “The Great Lovettsville Plane Crash of 1940” (2016)


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This issue of LIFE Magazine, dated September 16, 1940, was generously donated to the Lovettsville Museum Archives Room by LHS Board member, Judy Virts-Beard Fox.
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