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Surgery for schoolyard victim
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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 "Unidentified doctor performs emergency surgery on young victim of airliner crash who was playing in schoolyard at time craft smashed into athletic field. More than 50 pupils were brought to Sun Valley Receiving Hospital for treatment. Others were taken to Valley, San Fernando and Encino hospitals. Call was given out for extra doctors and nurses, some of whom were rushed to hospitals in police cars."
1 photographic print : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
Sun Valley Receiving Hospital (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pacoima Middle School (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Students
Physicians--California--Los Angeles
Surgeons--California--Los Angeles
Nurses--California--Los Angeles
Middle school students--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Boys--California--Los Angeles
Aircraft accident victims--California--Los Angeles
Hospitals--California--Los Angeles
Sun Valley (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Time Period

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