Crash survivor cites radar malfunction before collision
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Photograph was edited for publication purposes. 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 article dated July 21, 1963 partially reads, "Curtiss A. Adams, 33, the radar operator of a Northrop F-80J jet aircraft that collided with a DC-7 over Pacoima six years ago killing eight persons, testified in Los Angeles Superior Court his plane's radar equipment was not functioning properly... Adams testified in a $1,975,509 suit which Douglas has filed against Northrop Aircraft, charging that the collision was due to a negligent Northrop crew."
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