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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 193324
Last updated: 8 April 2021
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Date:28-SEP-1879
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pathfinder (Hydrogen Balloon)
Owner/operator:John Wise
Registration: Unregistered
C/n / msn: 1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:Lake Michigan, off Carlinville, Illinois -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:East St. Louis, Cahokia, Illinois
Destination airport:Lake Michigan, Illinois
Narrative:
On September 28, 1879, aged 71, John Wise disappeared with a passenger (George Burr) on a trip in high speed winds from East St. Louis, Illinois over Lake Michigan. It is reported the Balloon was last seen over Carlinville, Illinois (at approximate co ordinates 42.07N 87.93W) or was seen 35 miles from Chicago drifting northeastward toward Lake Michigan at "Miller's Station".

No trace of Wise or the balloon "Pathfinder" have ever been found. The body of George Burr, the passenger, was found in Lake Michigan, and left little doubt as to the fate of John Wise. This incident may have been the first ever fatal aviation accident within the continental United States.

Sources:

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wise_(balloonist)#Disappearance
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_missing_aircraft
3. http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/wise.html
4. http://www.blimpinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/John-Wise-Balloonist.pdf
5. https://www.grandhaventribune.com/News/2014/10/13/Did-missing-airship-meet-its-fate-near-Grand-Haven
6. http://ny-ontariocounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/2249/Balloon-article-Apr-25-2013?bidId=
7. https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/john-wise-aeronaut

Media:

Jwise airmail John Wise starting the first airmail delivery in the US, 17 August 1859

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Feb-2017 15:11 Dr.John Smith Added
15-Nov-2018 17:54 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code]

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