- Note-Arnold's flight originated in Tacoma, where he and
Capt. E.J. Smith of United Air Lines thoroughly inspected his plane before
takeoff. Arnold was understandably "more than nervous" since
the two CIC agents that he had called to help with his investigation of
the "Maury Island Incident" had been killed mysteriously in a
"plane crash" just two days earlier.
- Idaho Daily Statesmen August 5, 1947
- "Flying Disc" Arnold Unhurt As Plane Crashes
- Kenneth Arnold, flying businessman of Boise who was first
to report sighting flying discs, escaped injury Monday at Pendleton, Oregon
when his airplane crashed during takeoff.
- The Civil Aeronautics Administration's communications
station here said that the engine on Arnold's two-place airplane quit while
the plane was about thirty feet in the air.
- The aircraft crashed, bending the landing gear and breaking
the main spar in the left wing, the CAA station here said it had been in
- The accident took place at 6:00 p.m. while Arnold was
taking off for Boise.
- Arnold was alone in the aircraft, the CAA said.
- The Boise pilot, who late in June told of seeing nine
flying discs between Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams in Washington, was returning
form [sic] several days spent in Tacoma Wash., where he and Capt. E.J.
Smith of United Air Lines investigated another flying disc story.
- Arnold and Smith said they had given six pieces of metal
or lava to Lt. Frank M. Brown and Capt. William Davidson of Army Intelligence,
who were to take the material to Hamilton Field, Calif., for further inspection.
- Brown and Davidson were killed when their B-25 twin-engined
bomber crashed shortly after taking off from McChord Field on the flight