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Victims of Pacoima air tragedy make big gains
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Valley Times Photo Collection;
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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 00147115 through 00147134 for all photos in this series.
Photograph caption dated January 9, 1959 reads, "He can smile, now - Vito Galasso Jr., 14, shows recovery from severe burns suffered in Pacoima Junior High air crash tragedy two years ago. He accepts runner-up trophy from dentist Harold W. Barnes in Valleywide smile contest." See images 00147125 through 00147127 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
HCNVT_d056_ f35_i27
Pacoima Middle School (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pacoima Middle School (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Students
Aircraft accidents--California--Los Angeles
Accident victims--California--Los Angeles
Middle schools--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Young men--California--Los Angeles
Teenagers--California--Los Angeles
Students--California--Los Angeles
Schools--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Men--California--Los Angeles
Dentists--California--Los Angeles
Contests--California--Los Angeles
Awards--California--Los Angeles
Award winners--California--Los Angeles
Pacoima (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
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