El Segundo, CA Private Plane Crashes Into Homes, July 1952


El Segundo, July 17 -- (UP) -- A private plane with four persons aboard, including a honeymooning couple, plunged into two homes here today killing all occupants of the crippled cabin plane.
The impact demolished one of the homes and set fire to the second dwelling from which a family of three fled without injury.
It was the second such accident in Southern California in less than 24 hours. Late yesterday a Navy jet plane crashed into an unoccupied home in Santa Ana, killing the pilot.
There was also no one in the house struck by the private plane today as it ripped through the dwelling of C. B. CORLEY, who was away on a vacation with his family.
The four-place Stinson cabin plane tore through the roof of the CORLEY home and into the side of the adjoining home of SAM CALDWELL.
"We were asleep at the time," CALDWELL said.
"The crash awakened us when the plane hit the house next door. MRS. CALDWELL and I grabboud son, SAMMY, JR., and rushed out the back of the house. By that time it was on fire."
The plane was piloted by DALE BAKER, 38, of Grass Valley, Ore., and was en route to Fresno from Hawthorne, Calif., when its engine sputtered and it roared to the ground.
In addition to BAKER, the victims were his wife of only two months, MRS. MURIEL JONES BAKER, 21, and her father and mother, JACKSON T. JONES and MRS. FLORENCE JONES, according to the plane's manifest as checked out by deputy sheriffs with the JONES' home at Gresham, Ore.
The accident occurred at 7:40 a.m., six minutes after the plane had taken off from Hawthorne airport. The party was returning to Oregon after a visit with relatives in Southern California.
Found in the wreckage was a white-bound album bearing the inscription "Our Wedding Book."
After plunging through the CORLEY home and then striking the side of the CALDWELL dwelling, the plane careened crazily for another 100 yards, leaving a trail of debris and mangled bodies.
Residents quickly turned their garden hoses on the CALDWELL home until firemen arrived and extinguished the blaze.
MRS. DONALD PALMER, who lives four houses away from the CORLEY home, said she saw one of the bodies hurtling through the air.
In yesterday's similar accident, a Navy Banshee fighter plane piloted by Lt. ROBERT N. ANDERSON, 29, of Salt Lake City, Utah, plowed through a home and dug itself 12 feet into the ground, scattering debris for nearly a city block in Santa Ana.

Independent Long Beach California 1952-07-18