Grand Prairie, TX Jet Fighter Crashes, Feb 1970

MOTHER, THREE CHILDREN ESCAPE WHEN PLANE HITS.

Grand Prairie, Tex. (AP) -- A mother and three small children darted to safety moments before a pilotless jet fighter plane crashed alongside their house and set it afire Thursday night.
Although two frame duplexes burned, there were no injuries.
MAJ. JOHN K. ROSCHLAU, 41 of Dallas, a Marine Corps reservist, parachuted after an electrical failure disabled his Navy Crusader F8K as he started to land. He landed about five blocks from where the craft struck in Grand Prairie, which is between Fort Worth and Dallas.
The fighter plane hit in front of a residence, broke in half and burst into flames. One half bounced across a street into the carport of a duplex occupied by MRS. TED AYRES, 27, and the children and the other half halted in front of a dwelling next door.
"It was a horrible sound," MRS. AYRES said. "I knew what it was -- the roaring sound and all."
Just as she started to gather her youngsters the jet struck, her front door flew open "and then all I could see was flames," she said.
MRS. AYRES fled through a back door with her four-month-old son, JESSIE, and daughters MELINDA, 2, and DEBBIE, 4.
A tree stopped the burning wreckage just short of the place next door, but burning fuel set the house on fire.
Also escaping through a back door there were MILDRED VAN LIEW, 34, her son CHARLES, 12, and daughters BETTY, 7, and MILDRED, 5.
ROSCHLAU was approaching to land at the naval air station here beside Mountain Creek Lake, a Navy spokesman said.
His plane crashed less than two blocks from where a Navy Crusader crashed and burned in July of 1968, when the pilot was killed and two homes were destroyed.

Big Spring Daily Herald Texas 1970-02-06

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CRASHING PLANE MISSES MOTHER, THREE CHILDREN.

Grand Prairie, Tex. (AP) -- A mother and three small children darted to safety moments before a pilotless jet fighter plane crashed alongside their house and set it afire Thursday night.
Although two frame duplexes burned, there were no injuries.
MAJ. JOHN K. ROSCHLAU, 41, of Dallas, a Marine Corps reservist, parachuted after an electrical failure disabled his Navy Crusader F8K as he started to land. He landed about five blocks from where the craft struck.
The plane hit in front of a residence, broke in half and burst into flames. One half bounced across a street into the carport of a duplex occupied by MRS. TED AYRES, 27, and the children and the other half halted in front of a dwelling next door.
MRS. AYRES fled through a back door with her four-month-old son JESSIE and daughters MELINDA, 2, and DEBBIE, 4.
A tree stopped the burning wreckage just short of the place next door, but burning fuel set the house on fire.
Also escaping through a back door there were MILDRED VAN LIEW, 34, her son CHARLES, 12, and daughters BETTY, 7, and MILDRED, 5.
The plane crashed less than two blocks from where a Navy Crusader crashed and burned in July of 1968, when the pilot was killed and two homes were destroyed.

The Times Record Troy New York 1970-02-06

Comments

hi linda my name is deb, the

hi linda my name is deb, the debbie in this article. first of all i want you to know that you should not be apologizing for what happen. it was not your fathers fault. i too remember it like it was yesterday even though i was only four years old. i remember coming in from taking my dad something to eat at work and coming back and our mother sitting us down in front of "bewitched" with chicken and dumplings the door blowing open and us running to the back of the house. im just thankful everyone survived and not hurt in the least. we had pictures for years but they have been lost thru the years. yours truly, deb blanchard

i linda my name is debbie the

i linda my name is debbie the oldest of the 3 kids in this article. you have nothing to sorry for it was a freak accident im just thankful we was able to get out. i too remember it like it was yesterday down to the fact that we had just got back from taking my dad something to eat and our mother was sitting me and my sister down to eat chicken and dumplings and watching "Bewitched" while my brother was laying on the couch in front of the picture glass window next to the door that blew open on impact. i know we had pictures of it for years but have disappeared over the years

1970 Grand Prairie Plane Crash

Hello?
I'm so sorry for my father's plane hitting your house back then. We don't have any pictures, but I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was a teenager then. If you'd like to talk about it, I'm here in Grand Prairie. Best regards, Linda Ellis

Plane crash

I was one the children in the crash and if anyone has any photos I would like to see them.