Seattle, WA (near) Airliner Crashes Into Field, Jan 1953


Seattle (AP) -- Off course and afire in a storm, a commercial airliner from California carried seven persons to a flaming death at the foot of a mountain 15 miles east of here last night.
Two of the victims were children and two were women. The three men aboard were crew members.
The four-engined DC-4 owned by the Flying Tiger airlines of Burbank, Calif., barely missed 1,980 foot Squak mountain, as it wandered about in one of the winter's worst wind and rain storms, apparently seeking Boeing field here.
The witnesses said, it appeared to catch fire at an altitude of 500-600 feet, nosed down and roared straight into a ploughed[sic] field.
VINCENT HERLIHY, on whose farm the plane landed, said his son MICHAEL, 15, was looking out the front room window of their farm home when he called to HERLIHY, "there's a plane on fire out here."
HERLIHY rushed to the front door and just as he got there, the flaming craft hit the ground sending up a huge flash of flame that lighted the entire area like daylight.
Wreckage was scattered over a wide area.
The plane was bound for Boeing Field, Seattle. The passengers were the wife and children of a Flying Tiger line pilot. They were homeward bound after a holiday visit with the wife's parents in Los Angeles.

Daily Sitka Sentinel Alaska 1953-01-08