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9:30AM Mail Plane Hit by Seagull on Final Approach to Middle Bass

July 9, 2004


A Griffing Flying Service plane to Middle Bass Island was hit by a seagull as it was turning into its landing approach on Middle Bass Island around 9:30AM. The plane was carrying passengers as well as the day's mail.


The pilot, Harry Thomas Griffing, son of the airline's founder, was severely injured but managed to land the plane with assistance from a passenger. He was later Life Flighted off the island.


A seagull crashed through the lower half of the pilot's window as the plane was traveling at about 150mph. While the pilot received serious cuts, his worst injuries reportedly came from the impact with the bird.


Also see the articles in the  Lorain Morning Journal and Fremont News-Messenger.


The last 4 pictures were added August 9, 2004 and were contributed by Sharon Weisenbach.


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