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1908: The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lt. Thomas Selfridge as a passenger, crashes during a demonstration at Fort Myer in Arlington County, Virginia. Selfridge was thrown against one of the wooden uprights of the plane's framework in the crash, fracturing his skull. He underwent neurosurgery but died that evening without regaining consciousness, making him the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane. Wright suffered severe injuries, including a broken left thigh, several broken ribs and a damaged hip, and was hospitalized for seven weeks.