Sacramento, CA Jet Crashes Into Ice Cream Parlor, Sep 1972
Executive Airport is surrounded by densely developed residential and business areas. It is located about four miles south of the State Capitol building and downtown Sacramento.
The airport was used by scheduled airlines until a new airport opened 15 miles north of Sacramento three years ago.
Flames swept through a front dining area of the store. The plane smashed a partition to a second serving area, but was slowed by the wall. The fire scorched walls in that section, but did not do as much damage.
Coroner NIELSEN said some of the victims were burned but many others were crushed or cut.
Hundreds gathered around the shopping center -- held back about 100 feet by police lines -- as rescuers pulled debris and bodies out of the store.
The operation continued for hours. The covered bodies -- many of them small figures -- were put in ambulances and quickly moved from the scene. Burned toys, chairs and other objects were piled on two sides of the building.
Parts of the aircraft were separated from the wreckage by investigators and hauled away. A heavy duty tow truck finally pulled the yellow and blue body of the plane from the store, wrenching a big chunk of the wall out with it.
Firemen cleared debris from a crumpled auto under the plane and found the last two bodies.
FARRELL'S was a favorite spot for neighborhood children. A visit there was a special treat. Again and again, comments were heard in the crowd when each family last was in the store: "Just a couple days ago." "Just last week. We sat in that very chair."
A store specialty was birthday parties for younger children with paper hats, favors, candy, ice cream and elaborately served "party surprises."
San Mateo Times California 1972-09-25
Listing of the Casualties.
KRISTIN "KRISTI" DAWN FRANCIS.
ELAINE JUNE JUGUM.
NANCY TERESA KEYS.
SALLY ANN KEYS.
BRANDON WARREN KRIER.
JENNIFER ANN KRIER.
GREGORY GENE MARTIN.
JEANENE LOUISE MARTIN.
SHAWN ANTHONY MARTIN.
GARY WAYNE NASH.
JEFFREY ALLEN NASH.
NANCY ANN RODRIGUEZ.
JOAN SOUTHWICK BACCI.
BILLIE GERTRUDE IRWIN.
LOUIS "BUD" JUGUM.
SANDRA ANN CREASEY KRIER.
GENE WILSON LaVINE.
MARGARET MAY LaVINE.
ANTHONY LLOYD MARTIN.