AERONAUTICS: Double Escape

At a flying field near Schenectady, N. Y., John D. Smith, of Chicago, jumped at 2,000 feet with a parachute which failed to open. Entanglement in the landing gear of the plane checked his fall, but desperate attempts to climb into the cockpit were futile. The pilot with admirable presence of mind flew a few feet above the Mohawk River into which the parachutist jumped. But not knowing how to swim, he was rescued just in time from drowning — and probably gave no further exhibitions that day.

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