Point Redwood, CA Jetliner Crash Kills Three, Sep 1951



The bodies of the three United Air Lines officials killed yesterday in the crash of a $1,500,000 Boeing Stratocruiser near Point Redwood were removed from the main portion of the wreckage at about 9 o'clock this morning, Coroner WILLIAM J. CROSBY announced.

The bodies were easily identified, according to the coroner's office, and taken immediately to the White Oaks chapel in San Carlos, where they will be officially identified by relatives.

Matean Killed
The three dead were Capt. HUGH C. WORTHINGTON, 47, of 306 Forty-first avenue, San Mateo; CHARLES BRAGDEN, 47, flight engineer of 170 Magnolia avenue, Millbrae, and FRED ANGSTADT, 47, of Santa Monica.

WORTHINGTON, affectionately known as "POP" leaves a widow, CAROLYN, and a daughter, PATRICIA, 14. PATRICIA was attending classes at a San Mateo elementary school when the accident occurred.

MRS. WORTHINGTON told a Times reporter shortly after the crash that she was to have celebrated her birthday last night.

Flew Pacific.
WORTHINGTON has been employed by United Air Lines since 1932. He was a native of El Paso, Texas, and was a graduate of Kelly field in 1930. He joined United shortly thereafter and for many years flew on the company's eastern runs.

During World War II he piloted military cargo to Alaska, Honolulu, and Guam for United Air Lines. The WORTHINGTONS have resided in San Mateo for the past six years.

BRAGDEN has been with the airline firm for many years. He is survived by his widow, MARGARET, and two children, LINDA, 9, and BILLY, 7. Both were in school at the time of the crash.

San Mateo Times California 1951-09-13