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Deaths in wake of planes' collision
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Valley Times Photo Collection;
Dean, Gordon
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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On January 31, 1957, a Douglas DC-7B transport plane crashed into the school yard of Pacoima Junior High School, 9919 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, after colliding with a Northrop F-89J Scorpion jet trainer plane. Debris was also strewn across the grounds of Terra Bella Elementary School, adjacent to the junior high, and Pacoima Congregational Church, next door to the school. Three students and five airmen died and many more students were injured. The radarman aboard the jet was the only airman who survived. See images 00147086 through 00147092 for all photos in this series.
First photograph caption dated February 1, 1957 reads "Boy's shoes and ball remain. Pair of shoes removed from one of injured boys and blood stained basketball rest in clear area of Terra Bella school playground as mute evidence of surrounding tragedy as work of removing injured youngsters goes on all around." Second photograph caption dated February 6, 1958 reads "Dramatic scene on Pacoima school playground minutes after plane crashed there Jan. 31, 1957, claimed prize for Valley Times photographer Gordon Dean in annual California-Nevada Associated Press contest. Picture is called 'Death Called Time.'" See images 00147086 through 00147092 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
HCNVT_d056_f34_i21; H-21406.2 4x5
Terra Bella Elementary School (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Aircraft accidents--California--Los Angeles
Debris--California--Los Angeles
Middle schools--California--Los Angeles
Schools--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Playgrounds--California--Los Angeles
Shoes--California--Los Angeles
Balls (Sporting goods)
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Pacoima (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Time Period

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