Saugus, CA Airline Crash Kills 12, Dec 1936


9 Passengers, Crew of 3, Lie
Amid Debris in Isolated
California Canyon


Burbank-Bound Plane Believed
to Have Crashed Soon
After Radio Call

BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 28 -
Crushed in the wreckage of a giant
airliner, nine passengers and a
crew of three were found late today
in a brush-tangled ravine about
twenty miles northwest of here.
The plane disappeared last night
while on a trip from San Francisco
to Burbank.
A party of ground searchers
reached the spot after several hours
of tortuous climbing through ra-
vines and over the mountains. Pre-
viously the wreckage had been
sighted from the air.
A. L. Markwell, a diamond broker
of Los Angeles.
Edward T. Ford Jr. of San Marino,
Calif., son of Edward Ford,
president of the Grace Lines Steamship
Mrs. Edward T. Ford Jr.
John Korn of El Centro. Calif.
Alex Novak of El Centro, Calif.
H. S. Teague of Hollywood, Calif.
Mrs. W. A. Newton of Los Angeles.
Paul Hare of San Francisco, a
member of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
Miss Evelyn Valance, Los Angeles.
Pilot Edwin W. Blom of Burbank,
Co-Pilot Robert McLean of Burbank.
Stewardess Yvonne Trego of Alameda,

Bodies In Canyon

The wings of the big twin-motored
Boeing lay atop a ridge on the slope
of Oak Mountain, about five miles
from Saugus. Down in a narrow
canyon rested what remained of the
fuselage and the bodies crushed
within the mass of metal.
United Air Line officials said that
Pilot Edwin W. Blom apparently
struck the top of Oak Mountain
while trying to reach an open landing
place in the San Fernando Valley
just two ridges away. The ship
then hurtled down the slope, shearing
through scrub oak trees which
lay broken and twisted along its
trail. For a distance of almost
1,000 yards pieces of fuselage were
The body of the plane apparently
struck the bottom of the ravine
with terrific force, bounced a short
distance up the slope and slid back
to the bottom. The nose, as far
back as the pilot's cabin, was
smashed to pieces. Within was the
body of the co-pilot, Robert McLean.
The body of Blom hung from
an opened door.
A touch of grim irony was lent by
a Christmas wreath hanging over
the door in the passengers' compartment.

Begin Removing Bodies

The task of extricating the bodies
from the debris and carrying them
out of the valley was difficult. So
inaccessible is the narrow ravine
that horses cannot enter it. The
nearest road is four miles away.
By nightfall, seven bodies had
been cut free of the wreckage. A
team and buckboard were sent up
a narrow, slippery trail to take
away the dead.
them to the highway. The United
Air Lines ground crew, working
under direction of D. B. Kimmel,
operations manager here, prepared
to spend the night at the scene.
J. L. Kinney and other representa

Dec. 29, 1936 edition of The New York Times