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DaveTrojan

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1957 Pacoima California Mid-Air Collision DC-7 and F-89
interesting video story



anybody know more about the F-89 crash site?

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Dave,

 It's up in La Tuna Canyon, in a side canyon near a reservoir not far from the road. There is a small hill in a flat part of the canyon and the main wreckage broke it's back on that hill. 

And I do remember this search. Back in the '90's, while working at Burbank Airport in one of it's two original hangars now at the far west end of the field, I was asking the "locals" that occupied that old hangar about this crash as it happened close by. These folks had been around a while and chances were that they might have that fragment of knowledge that would put it together. So I went and asked a King Air driver I knew pretty well (Capt. Kirk... seriously) and he told me that he knew nothing of the wreck site, so I asked him if Capt. Carr, another hangar tenant, might know something... and he said "I wouldn't ask him, his father was flying the DC-7". 

Never did like going to that site


* I edited this to make sure Capt. Carr's father was not mistaken for the F-89 pilot. 

And Dave, the sound of the DC-7 going over the auditorium in that segment you posted is chilling. This was something that was remembered almost in legend in the San Fernando Valley. I remember hearing a story several different times over the years growing up there. They said that the pilot had opened his side window and was screaming at the children to run. Probably just legend like I said but it was one of those stories spoken in respectful tones that got your attention.

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Another video on youtube


One of the strange things about this accident is the fact that one of the kids killed at the school was working on a model of a DC-7, the same type of plane that killed him.  
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