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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, "Mother kept her promise - Albert Ballou, 14, rides bike to school, achievement made possible with artificial left leg after his own limb was amputated following Pacoima air crash. Mother promised him 'best leg there is.'" See images 00147125 through 00147127 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm.
00147126 Valley Times Collection; HCNVT_d056_ f35_i28 http://184.108.40.206/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/126120
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