Republic F-84 plane crash in Darmstadt - Flugzeugabsturz einer Republic F-84 in Darmstadt
On March 11, 1952, three people were killed in a plane crash in Darmstadt .
Course of events
A squadron of the Republic F-84 jet fighter of the US Air Force took off on March 11, 1952 at the Fürstenfeldbruck airfield on a flight towards Darmstadt. One of the machines swerved out of the bandage and fell down in a left turn. The sound of the crashing machine caused many people present to take cover. The aircraft crossed the high-voltage line and the Tann settlement from a south-easterly direction at low altitude. The machine pulled a plume of smoke behind it.
The pilot Robert F. Thorton catapulted himself out of the crashing machine with the ejection seat . Approx. The pilot hit the Lengefeld lane one kilometer from the plane crash site . He was fatally injured in the process. Probably his parachute had n't opened.
The plane hit the property at Rheinstrasse 322 in the Tann settlement at 10:36 am and exploded immediately. A coach house and the garden of the property were destroyed. There was rubble on Bundesstraße 26 Rheinstraße , about 50 meters away , and the overhead tram line had been torn down. Debris from the crashed machine was found up to about 600 meters away.
The 54-year-old postal inspector Alfred Langohr was killed on the ground. The Griesheim wood cutter August Meyer, who was also present, suffered life-threatening head injuries and severe burns and died a few days later from the injuries he had suffered. The cause of the accident is not known. 
- Annette Wannemacher Hall. In: Darmstädter Echo, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, p. 10.