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Students play on athletic field where tragedy stalked year ago today
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Valley Times 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 31, 1958 reads, "End of death plunge - Still smoldering from its death plunge, this engine from DC-7B airliner forms crater in basketball court at Pacoima Junior High School shortly after passenger ship collided with F-89J Scorpion Jet five miles above San Fernando Valley and then fell raining fire and debris over athletic area of school one year ago today. Three students, four crewmen were killed and 74 other youngsters were injured in crash, worst in Valley history. Jet crashed into hills abounding La Tuna Canyon where other crewmen died." Same photograph (image 00147091) originally ran on February 1, 1957. See image 00147124 for additional photo in this series.
1 photographic print : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
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Pacoima Middle School (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pacoima Middle School (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Students
Middle schools--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Schools--California--Los Angeles
Playgrounds--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Aircraft accidents--California--Los Angeles
Accident victims--California--Los Angeles
Airplanes--California--Los Angeles
Spectators--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Scorpion (Jet fighter plane)
Pacoima (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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