Los Angeles, CA Air Transport Crashes, June 1940

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4 KILLED AS BIG PLANE CRASHES.

WAS UNDERGOING TESTS FOR U. S. NAVY.

Lost Angeles, June 1 (AP) -- A great Douglas DC-5 air transport, undergoing tests for the U.S. Navy, crashed Saturday near the Los Angeles airport, killing four employes of the aircraft firm.
The victims:
HARRY E. (BUD) BOGEN, 29, West Los Angeles, pilot.
WILLIAM BENSON, Santa Monica, flight engineer.
WALTER M. MULVANEY, 38, Burbank, crew chief.
JAMES JEWART, Inglewood, inspector.
The ship, a new twin-engined high-winged type capable of carrying 16 passengers, was out of control, eyewitnesses said, as it plunged into a slight rise. It struck on its right wing and immediately exploded. All died instantly.
JOHN ROBERT McCLARY, 42, died of a heart attack, El Segundo police reported, as he witnessed the crash from a distance of 100 yards.
Douglas police and officers from the nearby city of El Segundo placed guard lines around the demolished craft while the Civil Aeronautics Authority began a probe of possible sabotage. Douglas officials said an early investigation produced no inducation that sabotage was responsible.
Witnesses said the plane was traveling at high speed as the pilot apparently attempted to "gun" it out of a sideslip.

Albuquerque Journal New Mexico 1940-06-02