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Title
Lucky couple survives crash
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Creator
Mullen, Mike
Date Created and/or Issued
1981
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.
Photograph caption dated October 23, 1981 reads, "With its engine failing and zero visibility because of fog, this Beechcraft Bonanza crash-landed at Torrance Airport today, but pilot Bob Thompson, 54, and his wife, Patricia, 56, of Cerritos, miraculously walked away with just scratches. Three planes were virtually destroyed and others damaged when the Bonanza skidded across the runway. 'I'm a scared passenger at best, but now, I'm an ex-passenger,' said Mrs. Thompson, who suffered a cut knee. Torrance police officer Steve Badenoch said Thompson, en route from Long Beach to San Luis Obispo, first reported engine problems over Torrance Airport about 8 a.m. After circling the airport twice, the plane lost power, and Thompson was forced down. 'It was really spectacular, and it was unbelievable that the couple was not hurt.' Badenoch said. The heavy fog also forced cancellation of all flights at Los Angeles International Airport for about six hours today."
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;29 x 36 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00094053
Herald Examiner Collection
HE_b001_f4_i53
CARL0005030486
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/29507
Subject
Torrance Municipal Airport (Calif.)
Aircraft accidents--California--Torrance
Airports--California--Torrance
Airplanes--California--Torrance
Bonanza (Private planes)
Debris--California--Torrance
Foam
Torrance (Calif.)
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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