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Airplane Crash

What probably was the first fatal airplane crash in Wabash County occurred on July 13, 1928 near where the Heartland Career Center stands today. A plane piloted by Charles Wendrick, 30, crashed along the west side of what is now road 200N just north of Division Road. Wendrick and his passenger, Lloyd Keister, 35, died in the accident. They had just taken off from a new little airport on North Albert Street and climbed to an altitude of about 600 feet when the plane banked to the left and then plunged into a cornfield.

Within minutes of the accident, cars clogged nearby roads as people swarmed to the crash site. In only a few hours, souvenir hunters stripped most of the fabric covering and major components from the little airplane.

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