New York Sun, June 13
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Capt. J. Erroll Boyd and two companions landed safely today in Port-au-Prince from St. Marc, Haiti, where they were forced down last night after flying 2,471 miles nonstop from New York.
Capt. Boyd, Robert G. Lyons, the co-pilot, and H. P. Davis, observer, were dirty and tired, for they had had no sleep to speak of since Saturday night (June 10).
“It was a hard trip with bad weather, rain and fog most of Sunday night,” said Capt. Boyd. “We encountered head winds, sometimes fifty miles an hour, on Monday near Cuba, and there were tropical rainstorms.
“As we were gaining altitude to clear the mountains near St. Marc the engine quit and we had to make a forced landing in the mud flats. Natives helped move the plane to higher ground for a takeoff, but because of the darkness and the unfamiliar ground we waited for morning.”
Davis said Boyd made a wonderful landing at St. Marc, as an error of twenty-five feet would have resulted in the wrecking of the plane in a deep ditch. Had the engine quit ten minutes earlier they would have come down in the ocean.