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Deaths in wake of planes' collision
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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 00147086 through 00147092 for all photos in this series.
Photograph caption dated February 1, 1957 reads "Death engine plows through court. Still smouldering [sic] engine of DC-7 transport plane lies in middle of basketball court at Pacoima Junior High School after plowing its way through court's macadam to end its death race. Numerous pieces of plane's debris smashed their murderous course through campus, settling amidst playing children at school's playground." See images 00147086 through 00147092 for all photos in this series.See image 00147123 for duplicate image used in a later article.
1 photographic print : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
HCNVT_d056_f34_i26; H-21406.3 4x5
Douglas Aircraft Company
Pacoima Middle School (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Spectators--California--Los Angeles
Aircraft accidents--California--Los Angeles
Douglas DC-7 (Transport plane)
Middle schools--California--Los Angeles
Schools--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Playgrounds--California--Los Angeles
Debris--California--California--Los Angeles
Pacoima (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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