North Hollywood, CA Cargo Airliner Crashes Into Homes, Dec 1962

HORROR HITS N. HOLLYWOOD -- DEATH RAINED FROM SKY.

North Hollywood (AP) -- Civil Aeronautics Board Investigators dug through charred wreckage Saturday, trying to learn why a four-propeller
cargo airliner crashed in flames in a San Fernando Valley residential industrial area Friday night. Nine persons died.
The Flying Tiger Line Super Constellation, arriving after a regular daily flight from Boston and Chicago, tore down crackling power lines and smashed or burned nine houses and two industrial plants. Two houses were destroyed.
The liner, flying eastward, crashed at 10:10 p.m., about a mile short of its goal -- Lockheed Air terminal. Its gas tanks exploded, flames engulfing a house. One engine hit a truck. The fuselage ground ahead for about 500 feet, battering into a home where a couple -- unhurt --watched television.
The crash plunged a wide area into darkness in this suburb, a part of the city of Los Angeles.
Six Civil Aeronautics Board investigators, with more en route from other field offices, probed the scorched, wreckage-strewn scene Saturday, seeking the cause of the crash. Firemen pried into the ruins looking for possibly more bodies.
The area of damaged homes, garages and trees measures approximately 1,200 by 85 feet. One fireman -- among 19 companies that responded -- suffered a badly cut wrist, and several residents were injured. But other families told of miraculous escapes.
The Flying Tiger Line offered food, clothing and shelter to half a dozen families reported by the Red Cross to have lost all or more of their possessions in the tragedy.
The dead were mangled and burned, making even their counting difficult. Coroner's aides awaited dental charts and other clues to identification.
Police Sgt. T. H. GERBER said, "We have four female bodies and five male bodies -- parts of bodies. We're making nine death reports."
A Flying Tiger spokesman said four men aboard the plane were presumed dead although the coroner's office had identified only the body of flight engineer JACK W. GREY, 33, San Mateo.
The airline spokesman said the others were Capt. KARL C. RADER, 38, Burlingame, pilot, a veteran of 12 years with the company; co-pilot DAVID L. CAPRO, 25, Compton, and JOHN A. OLSEN, of nearby Sunland, a passenger. OLSEN'S wife JANET works in the accounting department of Flying Tiger's nearby Burbank office.
Flying Tiger said MRS. VIOLET BLAZEK, 57, of Chicago also was tentatively identified as having been on the plane. MRS. BLAZEK was the mother of MRS. JACK ELLIOTT of nearby Northridge, wife of a Flying Tiger employe, and had a pass to ride the plane here, a spokesman said.
It was the line's fourth crash this year. A transport carrying 107 persons vanished in the Pacific last spring. Another later crashed in the Atlantic, killing 29 of 75 aboard. A crash off Cold Bay, Alaska, killed one man.
A witness, MIKE POWERS, said he saw the big plane come in low out of the mist.
"It had its landing gear and flaps down," he said. "The landing lights were burning. The left wing dipped, and the plane smashed in, nose first."
Flames shot 100 feet into the air. Children screamed.

LIST OF HOMES, FACTORIES DAMAGED IN PLANE CRASH.
North Hollywood (UPI) -- Here is a list of the homes and factories damaged or destroyed by the crash of a Flying Tiger freight plane last night:
11950 Vose St. -- USA Display Corp. factory; damaged by fire.
12016 Vose St. -- Retco, Inc., a brick factory, nearly flattened and fire damaged; a small concrete-block storage shed in rear damaged.
12036 Vose St. -- House of Mode factory, nearly demolished by impact and fire.
12000 Vose St. -- Two small houses; one flattened, the other gutted by fire.
12010 Vose St. -- Residence of ANTHONY MOSQUEDA, gutted by fire.
12028 Vose St. -- Residence of WILLIAM J. MALONE, damaged.
12030 Vose St. -- Empty house flattened.
12030 1/2 Vose St. -- House destroyed.
12042 Vose St. -- Home flattened and gutted by impact and fire.
12048 Vose St. -- Home burned and windows broken.
11053 Hart St. -- Home of SAM HARNISH damaged by impact and minor fire damage.
12045 Hart St. -- Combination garage and laundry room lost roof.

Independent Press-Telegram Long Beach California 1962-12-16

Comments

December 14 1962 plane crash.

Good afternoon,
I was there as the plane crashed. My girlfriend was one of the group killed on the ground.

I was the Ops Agent for FTL

I was the Ops Agent for FTL on duty and was there on scene just minutes after it crashed. Our cargo building was at the end of the runway and we were waiting for this flight to arrive. One of the cargo handlers came running into the office and yelled that he had just seen a giant fireball less than a mile away. Immediately we all knew what happened and jumped into our vehicles and rushed out to the scene. I won't go into any further details about what I saw that night but I did remain there on scene for about 20 hours after that.

I've copied a portion of a narrative I found on the Aviation Safety Network and I'm going to paste it on here for you ~~

Flightnumber: 183
Narrative:
The Constellation crashed during an ILS approach to Burbank-Lockheed Air Terminal runway 07 in adverse weather conditions (fog) in a residential industrial area, 1,25 miles W of the airport. It appeared that the captain had coronary artery disease sufficient in severity to have caused partial or complete incapacitation or even death, particularly during a sequence of stressful or anxious moments. A review of Company training records indicated that the first officer had not adequately demonstrated his proficiency in the execution of an ILS approach during training flights while under normal simulated instrument flight conditions.
Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The incapacitation of the pilot-in-command, at a critical point in the approach resulting in a loss of control of the aircraft from which the co-pilot was unable to recover."
Sources:
» CAB Aircraft Accident Report
» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (195-100)

I hope this information will help you. I knew Captain Rader personally and all of us were shocked and saddened when this happened.

Here is the URL for that full report http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19621214-1

I'm very sorry for the loss of your Grandfather.

FTL Flight 183 Crash 14 Dec 1962

I was the Ops Agent for FTL on duty and was there on scene just minutes after it crashed. Our cargo building was at the end of the runway and we were waiting for this flight to arrive. One of the cargo handlers came running into the office and yelled that he had just seen a giant fireball less than a mile away. Immediately we all knew what happened and jumped into our vehicles and rushed out to the scene. I won't go into any further details about what I saw that night but I did remain there on scene for about 20 hours after that.

I've copied a portion of a narrative I found on the Aviation Safety Network and I'm going to paste it on here for you ~~

Flightnumber: 183
Narrative:
The Constellation crashed during an ILS approach to Burbank-Lockheed Air Terminal runway 07 in adverse weather conditions (fog) in a residential industrial area, 1,25 miles W of the airport. It appeared that the captain had coronary artery disease sufficient in severity to have caused partial or complete incapacitation or even death, particularly during a sequence of stressful or anxious moments. A review of Company training records indicated that the first officer had not adequately demonstrated his proficiency in the execution of an ILS approach during training flights while under normal simulated instrument flight conditions.
Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The incapacitation of the pilot-in-command, at a critical point in the approach resulting in a loss of control of the aircraft from which the co-pilot was unable to recover."
Sources:
» CAB Aircraft Accident Report
» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (195-100)

I hope this information will help you. I knew Captain Rader personally and all of us were shocked and saddened when this happened.

Here is the URL for that full report http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19621214-1

I'm very sorry for the loss of your Grandfather.

This event was on my mind

This event was on my mind this morning and I decided to do some searching for an account of it. I can't believe I found it. I was nine years old and living at 6948 Laurel Grove, just a few blocks from the crash. We were directly under the flight path of planes approaching the airport. My mom, stepfather and I were in the den eating dinner on tv trays watching television. We were used to planes flying over the house but this one was different. It just got louder and louder. I remember looking at my mom's face. Her eyes were wide open with shock. Thats when all the lights went out and a few seconds later we heard the crash. My stepfather got down to the crash site right away and tried to help. There were live power lines down everywhere and massive fires. One of the true close calls of my life.

There were two billboards,

There were two billboards, one on each side of the north/south main street. One was over a gas station, the other was over a Carpeteria store, and was a billboard for that store, as I recall. Both billboards had great propellor slices out of them, and the Carpeteria sign had lessor slices as it was slightly farther away. The sign over the gas station had deep slices. My friend, Buz, and I showed up very early in the morning, and in those days, we were allowed to walk almost up to the charred wreckage!

My Grandfather was killed on

My Grandfather was killed on this flight. I have always had a lot of questions about this but my grandmother didn't like to talk about it and my dad was 9 nine when his father died. I would like to know where I could get more details.

North Hollywood Flying Tigers airplane crash

We lived in an apartment on the west side of the fire station. Our neighbor was working in the gas station, He said he had his feet up on the desk and watched through the front window as the plane clipped the railing on the fire station tower and come down right over his head. I remember the bill board had two semi-circular cutouts from the plans props and the strip of destroyed houses.

North Hollywood Flying Tigers airplane crash

I was living in an apartment right where the airplane crashed.
On the corner there was a gas station that had a bill board advertising something, I don't remember what it was.
The airplanes wheels were down and the airplanes right wheel hit the bill board causing the airplane to tilt to the left and take out the homes and businesses down on the street behind me. If the airplane had not hit the bill board and tilted the airplane would have crashed into the apartment and probably killed my two young children and my husband and I...
We lived on the second story of the two story apartment and were right next to the gas station and the bill board.
God was looking out for my family....This is something I will never forget.
Seems that the airplane was carrying silver dollars. Lots of people rushed to the crash. We were afraid that the gas station might catch fire and we left the area right away.
When we returned to our home many of the reporters that covered the accident were going through our house to get to the roof to take pictures if it.
We had parts of the airplane all over the place, also in the house, but no main damage.