Italian aviator Francesco De Pinedo dies in fiery crash during takeoff in his Bellanca aircraft, the Santa Lucia
Brooklyn New York USA Date:1933, September 3 Duration:17 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Italian aviator, General Francesco de Pinedo, attempts takeoff in his Bellanca airplane, named the Santa Lucia. The Italian flag is painted on the aircraft rudder. The ship is heavily laden with fuel for a solo long-distance flight from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, to Baghdad, Iraq. The aircraft is seen to wander during the takeoff roll and with loss of control, crashes near a fence alongside the runway. The aircraft breaks into pieces, and with one wing sticking straight up in the air, begins to burn. It is immediately consumed in fire. Vehicles rush to the scene. Hangar number 6, at Floyd Bennett field, can be seen in background, with "Erickson and Remmert, Inc." painted on it. De Pinedo died in the accident.
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