It had only been five years since Orville and Wilbur Wright made their famous flight at Kitty Hawk. By 1908, the Wright brothers were traveling across the United States and Europe in order to demonstrate their flying machine. Everything went well until that fateful day in September that began with a cheering crowd of 2,000 and ended with pilot Orville Wright severely injured and passenger Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge dead.
A Wright Brothers aeroplane crash-landing at Fort Myer, Virginia, injuring Orville Wright and killing his passenger Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge, who thus became the first man to die in a powered aeroplane.
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