Aeronautics: Apollo & Tower

Bound from Brussels to London with eight passengers, mostly Britons going home for the holidays, the Imperial Airways transport Apollo drilled through a milky fog over western Belgium. As she neared the coast, between Bruges and Ostend. Apollo groped lower and lower. CRASH! She hit the mast of a wireless station, snapped it off, flopped to earth. FLASH! Flames shot high. Said one of the crew of the wireless station, afterward: "There was not a chance for the passengers or the two pilots. There was not a sound or a cry from the cabin.''

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