|The spectacular and anxious search for Pilot Henry G, Boonstra, lost
since Friday morning when he left Salt Lake with the air mall for Rock
Springs, WY, ended this morning when a telephone message from Boonstra
himself from Dennlng ranch, announced that he was safe and well.
He left his plane after a forced landing on Porcupine ridge, 20 miles
east of Coalville, Friday morning and in a blinding snow storm ,wandered
until late Saturday night when he saw a light and stumbled into an
isolated cabin which is owned and occupied by a rancher named Freedom
Rigby. After repeated attempts the pilot and
Rigby arrived at Dennlng's ranch at 9 o'clock this morning and
telephoned to Coalville and then to Salt Lake.
Lost in Snow Storm
The pilot explained that he became lost in the mountains at the head of
the Weber watershed in a snow storm that prevented any view of the ground.
After keeping the motor running until his gas was about gone, he came down
low, hoping to see some familiar object only to find himself in Chalk
Creek Canyon below the summits of either side and in a fork with no outlet
that he could see. There was no room to gain altitude to go over the
summit so he was forced to land on the ridge now covered with from 15 to
20 feet of snow.
After making a successful landing, he discarded his flying suit and
started off down the hill, as on former flights he had seen cabins in the
neighborhood. His progress was slow and it was 36 hour before he saw the
cabin light at Rigby’s ranch which is four miles south and a little east
of Porcupine ridge.
Denning’s ranch is another five miles toward Coalville from Rigby’s
ranch and this is the nearest phone.
Will Arrive Tonight
Pilot Boonstra is now in Coalville and will come to Salt Lake by train,
arriving about 6:25 tonight.
The mail will be taken from the plane on the ridge by men on snow shoes
and carried to the bottom where it will be loaded on bobsled and brought
to the station at Coalville, according to Claron Nelson, superintendent of
the division. The plane will be left on the ridge by necessity "as a
monument to western aviation," Mr. Nelson said.
Since the finding of the plane Monday by pilot Lester F. Bishop, rescue
of Boonstra has been momentarily expected and searching parties were
stimulated to greater effort, fearful that the evidence of the abandoned
plane indicated greater cause for alarm for the safety of the pilot.
His discovery this morning by the rancher ended one of the most
sensational searches in this part of the country in which a fleet of
airplanes hovered over the route to Rock Springs from early morning until
night, and cooperation was lent by scores of volunteers with bob sleds.
Boonstra declared himself to be in good condition despite the fact that
for two days and one night he had been without food and had been exposed
to the sharp cold. He further reported that he had seen the searching
planes circling above him, but having no way of attracting their attention
he was forced to content himself with seeing them disappear.
Headed by pilot P.P. Scott several planes left this afternoon for
Coalville and vicinity carrying streamers as a signal that Boonstra had
been found and indicating that the search parties could abandon their
hunt. A pilot also departed for Boonstra’s plane on Porcupine ridge to
salvage the mail which was reported to be in good condition. This mail
will be taken to Coalville and placed on trains.
The first advices of Boonstra’s safety was received by Supt. Nelson
from Depot Master Kidd at Coalville, who had been informed by Deming’s