May 6 1935, Bronson Cutting
August 31, 1940: Ernest Lundeen
October 7 1962: Clement Miller
The First Senator to Crash: Bronson Cutting
The crash of the TWA Sky Chief on at 2:30AM on May 6 1935 was a disaster by any measure. An aircraft flying for the airline associated with the worst passenger crash to date – that of Knute Rockne four years earlier – runs out of gas in the fog in the early hours of a spring day, desperately seeking an emergency landing strip. The story, as told by the New York Times, sounds so familiar:
Out of fuel and desperately groping through a dense fog for a landing place, a twin-motored Transcontinental & Western Air liner crashed early today at the edge of a pasture here and killed United States Senator Bronson M. Cutting, the two pilots and a woman passenger. All the other nine passengers, including a baby, were injured.
The aircraft went down about fifteen miles short of an emergency grass strip in Kirksville. TWA hoped that the plane could make Kirksville after it was waved off from Kansas City because of impenetrable fog.