Grand Marais, MN Santa Claus Plane Crashes, Dec 1949

Santa Claus Gives Kids Extra Thrill - Real Plane Crash

GRAND MARAIS, Minn., Dec 17 - (AP) - The kids of this Lake Superior community got an extra thrill today when Santa Claus came to town by airplane. Old St. Nick cracked up.

About 500 persons, most of them children, cheered from the sidewalks of Main-st as Santa's plane came in for a perfect landing right down the middle of the thorofare.

As the light two-seater plane taxied to complete the landing, it suddenly ground looped and crashed into the entrance of the town's movie theatre.

Santa - Harold Nelson of Grand Marais - stepped from the badly damaged plane unhurt. But the kids were more interested in the wreckage.

The Lima News, Lima, OH 18 Dec 1949