Long Beach, CA Training Plane Crash, Jan 1950


Long Beach, Jan. 13. -- (AP) -- Two air force reserve fliers were killed and three others escaped with light injuries in the crash of a training plane on a residential street last night.
Apparently only the quick skill of the pilot, who perished, saved the plane from crashing into a row of homes.
Dead are Capt. M. D. DENNISON, the pilot, Long Beach, and Second Lieut. C. J. KNEE, co-pilot, of Los Angeles.
The other three crew members were thrown or jumped clear of the plane as it tipped a roof and were able to walk away from the scene. The pilot was able to nose the plane into the street, where it struck two parked cars and burst into flames.
The injured are First Lieut. J. MEDINA, navigator, Los Angeles, cracked ribs and first degree burns; Corp. F. M. BERGER, Glendale, and Pvt. A. Q. ROBINSON, Glendale, shock and bruises.
Attached to the seven hundred twenty-eighth bomb squadron, the twin engine T-11 plane had taken off shortly before from Long Beach municipal airport, less than a mile away. The air force said one engine apparently conked out.
The home which was struck but undamaged is that of Charles Partridge. Mrs. Partridge, who ran out to see the plane burst into flames, collapsed and was treated for shock.

The Times San Mateo California 1950-01-13