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Old 22-10-2014, 12:57 AM   #264
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On January 31, 1957, a Douglas DC-7B operated by Douglas Aircraft Company was involved in a mid-air collision with a United States Air Force Northrop F-89 Scorpion and crashed into the schoolyard of Pacoima Junior High School in Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California.. By February 1, se7en people had died and about 75 had been injured due to the incident.. A 12-year-old boy subsequently died from Multiple injuries from the incident on February 2...

The DC-7B, with a portion of its left wing sheared off, remained airborne for a few minutes then rolled to the left and began an uncontrollable, spiraling, high-velocity dive earthward. In doing so, it began raining debris onto the Pacoima neighborhoods below as the aircraft began to break apart. Seconds later, part of the hurtling wreckage slammed onto the grounds of the Pacoima Congregational Church, killing all 4 Douglas crewmen aboard while the major portion fell onto the adjacent playground of Pacoima Junior High School. On the school playground, where some 220 boys were just ending their outdoor athletics activities, upon impact the wreckage broke into numerous pieces and intense fires began due to the airplanes fuel and oil.. Distinct craters were made in the playground by each of the four engines and the main center fuselage section. Two students, Ronnie Brann, 13, and Robert Zallan, 12, were struck and killed by this wreckage and debris. A third gravely injured student, Evan Elsner, 12, died two days later in a local hospital..Following the collision, Curtiss Adams, the radarman aboard the eastbound twin-engine F-89J Scorpion, was able to bail out of the stricken fighter jet and, despite incurring serious burns, parachuted to a landing onto a garage roof in Burbank, breaking his leg when he fell to the ground. The fighter jet’s pilot, Roland E. Owen, died when the aircraft plummeted in flames into La Tuna Canyon in the Verdugo Mountains...

The Pacoima crash is referenced in 1987 film La Bamba, a biographical account of the life of rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens. A 15-year-old student at Pacoima Junior High School at the time of the disaster, Valens was not at school that day because he was attending the funeral of his grandfather. Due to the disaster, Valens developed a fear of flying that he overcame after he launched his music career. Valens, along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson, perished 2 years after the Pacoima crash when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza crashed near Mason City, Iowa in the early morning hours of February 3, 1959... y'all up a mess 'a crawdads, Miss Lora... fo' you an' yo' friends!.Well, that's quite a trick, Sarah Jane...where did you learn it?..

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