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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 March 21, 1957 reads, "Radarman Curtiss Adams, 27, lone survivor of Pacoima mid-air collision, testifies before CAB hearing at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. He told group that he didn't see other plane either before or after impact. 'I felt like I was severely burned and I guess I ejected myself. I didn't know what happened until after I was in the hospital.'" See images 00147115 through 00147121 for all photos in this series.
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