Research Document #33
The Luke Field Crash Report: Exhibit K
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March 23, 1937.

Eye-witness account of crash of AMELIA EARHART'S airplane at Luke Field, T.H., Saturday, March 20, 1937.

          I accompanied the fire truck crew in following Miss Earhart's plane down the northeast end of the runway prior to her take-off. After turning the plane around and warming the motors for a few minutes, she gunned them and started down the field.

          At the same time she gunned the motors the fire truck started down the field. We had reached a speed of approximately 50 miles per hour when the plane passed us about 50 yards to the left. As it passed us it started swerving to the east side of the field. As the plane started to turn there was a sharp report as if a tire had blown out. As this report came, the right side of the plane's landing gear collapsed, snapping the plane in a wide arc amid a shower of sparks.

          The right side of the plane ground iton* the concrete and then settled on the stomack* of the fuselage.

  arnold sig
6878961, Private,
65th Service Squadron

Crash Report Cover Pages Exhibit "G" Statement by Mr. Fred D. Wood, Hawaiian Air Depot.
Proceedings and Findings Exhibit "H" Statement by Mr. E. L. Heidlebaugh, Hawaiian Air Depot.
Exhibit "A" Statement by the Engineering Officer, Wheeler Field, T.H. Exhibit "I" Statement by Mr. Lynn V. Young, Hawaiian Air Depot.
Exhibit "B" "Plan for Amelia Earhart Putnam Flight", Headquarters Wheeler Field, T.H. Exhibit "J" Statement by Corporal E. J. Cashman, R-4311524, 65th Service Squadron.
Exhibit "C" Letter, "Amelia Earhart Putnam Flight", Headquarters Wheeler Field, T.H. Exhibit "K" Statement by Private E. C. Schultz, 6678961, 65th Service Squadron.
Exhibit "D" Statement by the Operations Officer, Luke Field, T.H. Exhibit "M" Inventory of property shipped.
Exhibit "E" Statement by the Engineering Officer, Hawaiian Air Depot. Exhibit "N" Request for shipment and release from responsibility.
Exhibit "F" Statement by Mr. Geo. H. Miller, Hawaiian Air Depot.  

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