Chatsworth, CA Airliner Crashes Into Mountains, July 1949

AIRLINER CRASH CAUSE SOLVED, HINTS CAB CHIEF

Chatsworth, July 13 (U.P.) -- Pilot ROY G. WHITE was 2000 feet below officially prescribed altitude when he smashed a C-46 Commando into the Santa Susana Mountains with loss of 34 of its 48 occupants, Civil Aeronautics Board inspector JAMES PELTON said today.
"I think I know why he was too low, but I don't want to say why until we complete our investigation a hold a formal hearing," he said.
He said he was convinced a fight between two passengers had no bearing on the crash.
The plane, owned by Standard Airlines a non-scheduled line, crashed and burned in Santa Susana Pass yesterday morning as WHITE was coming in for a landing at Lockheed Air Terminal, Burbank.
Ventura County Deputy Coroner JOHN BRAGG said 33 bodies have been recovered. Fourteen injured were identified and one passenger was unaccounted for and presumed dead. The airline said that one of the originally reported 49 occupants -- LOIS TUCKER -- apparently failed to board the plane at Kansas City.
PEYTON said he and his investigators would spend "another two or three days" digging through the charred wreckage strewn among the boulders in an effort to confirm his opinion of why WHITE was flying at 1600 feet instead of 3500 as prescribed by the CAB.
"Everything else about his approach was normal," PEYTON said. "He came in on the right leg, contacted the control tower at the proper points, lowered his landing gear as prescribed, and made the correct procedure turn."
He added that visibility was adequate, pointing out that a California Central Airlines pilot in the air waiting his turn to land was able to see the burning wreckage of WHITE'S plane from the prescribed altitude of 3500 feet.
"The reports of a fight aboard the plane have a place in our thinking, of course," PEYTON said, "but from our interview with survivors we're sure it had no bearing on the crash. It wasn't too big a fight, and it was over long before the crack-up."
Deputy Coroners BRAGG and WATKINS concentrated today on identification of the 33 recovered bodies. They said some may never be identified positively because they were so badly burned and mangled.

LIST OF DEAD, HURT, MISSING IN DISASTER.
Los Angeles, July 13 -- (AP) -- The latest revised list of identified dead in yesterday's crash:
Capt. ROY G. WHITE, 35, pilot, Wilmington, Calif.
HAROLD TUCKER, 30, co-pilot, Long Beach, Calif.
MARIANNE ROSE, 24, stewardess, Long Beach.
JOEL FREEMAN, 46, furrier, Los Angeles.
FRANK CONWAY, 1314 Broadway, Albany, N. Y.
JACK LEVY, 1745 50th Street, Brooklyn, N. Y.
CARMEN PALAMINI, Bayonne, N. J.
IRVING H. LEVIN, 48, Bronx, N. Y.
DAVID ELFMAN, 65, Los Angeles.
MRS. ROBERT L. BARRET, New York City.
HARLEY S. DAVIS, 30, North Hollywood.
PHILIP ZIMAN, 40, Los Angeles.
NORMA NORTH, actress, New York City.
NATHAN LEVINE, Brooklyn, N. Y.
MISS CLARA FEDDERS, Los Angeles.
MRS. DOROTHY GRIFFIN, San Marino, Calif.
Identified Injured:
CHARLOTTE GRENANDER, 26, stewardess, Long Beach.
VIKI ZELSDORF, chief stewardess, Long Beach.
MRS. MILDRED R. HARRIS, 28, North Hollywood
DIANA CAROL HARRIS, 5, North Hollywood.
MRS. MARY F. PETRIE, 33, Los Angeles.
MRS. AMELIA CUNNINGHAM, 22, Los Angeles.
MR. and MRS. LAWRENCE BETTIS, Long Beach.
Pvt. ROBERT E. STEINWEG, Pentaluna.
MISS THERESA GREY, 33, Bronx, N. Y.
MISS CAREN MARSH, 24, actress, Los Angeles.
MRS. JUDY FROST, 18, Long Beach.
GEORGE TREBAT, New York City.
G. B. BAKER, Cleveland, Ohio.
Unaccounted For And Presumed Dead:
J. A. COHN, San Pedro, Calif.
MRS. ROBERT FRESE, Long Beach.
BILLY FRESE, 3, Long Beach.
ROBERTA FRESE, 12, Long Beach.
MRS. RITA KELLINSKI, Kearny, N. J.
IDA McSWEEN, New York City.
MRS. NATHAN LEVINE, New York City.
MRS. P. H. SHUTE, New York City.
HAROLD SCHWARTZ, 9, Brooklyn, N. Y.
MRS. J. ARNOLD, Hotel Dorset, New York City.
C. A. MILLER, Los Angeles.
MRS. JACK LEVY, Brooklyn, N. Y.
ED WALL, 179 Chattanooga Street, San Francisco.
LINTON M. BARTSCHECK, 25, U. S. Naval Air Station, Imperial, Calif.
ALMA S. BARTSCHECK, same address.
LINTON BARTSCHECK, JR., 3, same address.
MR. and MRS. DAN HART, Riverside, Calif.
LOIS TUCKER, address unknown.
NORMA NORTH, New York City.

Oakland Tribune California 1949-07-13

Comments

My couson,the stewardess.

Marianne Rose was the oldest of two children and was born to John Ralph and Elizabeth Rose at Shawnee, Oklahoma in 1930. That would make her 19 not 24 at the time of her death. You can confirm this by going to "find a grave", Forest Lawn Cemetery. Her Brother Glendon Rose is also at Forest Lawn. I don't know how she got that job at such a young age. I do remember that her death was very hard on my family. I was 10 years old at the time.

My uncle Harold Tucker

Harold Tucker flew bombers over North Africa then over Germany and then in the South Pacific in World War II. He flew Navy Patrol planes from Coos Bay, Oregon to San Diego. After the war he flew passenger sea planes from Long Beach to Catalina Island. Santa Ana College, his alma matar, presents an annual football award for most inspirational player in his name.

7-12-49

Hi. Been looking here off and on. Your reply was long delayed for unknow reasons. My father was Roy G White, the pilot. The co-pilot, Harold Tucker, was my uncles co-pilot in Navy patrol planes. Something was going on, likely, "the fight," that caused two skilled pilots to get so low. Blue skies to you.

Hi, Bob. I have been doing a

Hi, Bob. I have been doing a little research on aviation accidents in the area. What was your father's name? Perhaps I have come across something that can help you.

Hi, Bob. I've been doing a

Hi, Bob. I've been doing a bit of research on a couple of crash sites in the area. Feel free to contact me.What was your father's name?

Standard AL accident July 12, 1949

Mark Lincoln:
Do you have any further information about this accident? My father was on this flight and was killed.
Sincerely, Bob

A somewhat notorious report

The accident report is somewhat famous for it's 'finding' number 4: "The passenger altercation had no direct effect on the safe operation of the aircraft."

Nothing like a fist-fight to enliven a boring journey.

The incident happened 40 minutes before impact, which was due to pilot error.

The wreck was used as a hide-out by members of the Manson Gang during raids on the Spahn Ranch in 1969.