Palm Springs, CA Lear Jet Crashes On Take-Off, Nov 1965



Indio (AP) -- Wreckage of a plane with eight aboard, including four members of a family of wealthy land developers and the son of the president of Flying Tiger Lines, was found today in hills to the north. There were no survivors.
The twin-engine Lear Jet crashed shortly after taking off Sunday from nearby Palm Springs, bound for Burbank. It was spotted from the air this morning and a ground party reached it two hours later.
Aboard were:
PETER PRESCOTT, 12, son of President ROBERT W. PRESCOTT of Flying Tigers; MR. and MRS. GEORGE ALEXANDER of Palm Springs and Beverly Hills; their son and daughter-in-law, MR. and MRS. ROBERT W. ALEXANDER of Palm Springs; PAUL KELLY, the pilot, of Van Nuys, who leased the plane from Flying Tigers for his PAUL KELLY Flying Service; DAVE FAULKNER, co-pilot, of San Fernando. RICHARD KORET, 33 E. 33rd St., New York City, manufactuer of woman's handbags.
Quirk Of Fate.
By a quirk of flying fate, ROBERT PRESCOTT was on a pole-to-pole around the world scientific research flight when his son died. He was aboard a jet that left Honolulu yesterday and was to return there today.
He was expected to disembark at a London stop and fly to California.
GEORGE ALEXANDER, 67, had been a building developer in the Los Angeles and Palm Springs areas for more than 40 years.
Before moving to Palm Springs 10 years ago he built numerous developments in the San Fernando Valley. He had built, with his son, nearly 2,000 homes in the desert. His wife, MILDRED, was 61.
He owned the fashionable Sunset Tower apartment complex on the famed Sunset Strip in Hollywood; owned a share of the posh Racquet Club in Palm Springs; held an interest in Flying Tigers.
ROBERT ALEXANDER, 40, was president of the Palm Springs Desert Circus, annual charity affair. His wife, HELENE, was 36. They have a daughter, JILL, 13.
PETER PRESCOTT was a son by PRESCOTT'S first wife. PRESCOTT also has two daughters.
KELLY, leaves a widow, FRANCES.
FAULKNER leaves a widow and young son.
At Air Show.
The group had been in Palm Springs watching a weekend air show, the Palm Springs Aero-Classic.
Shortly after the 5:15 p.m. takeoff more than 100 witnesses reported an explosion in low hills east of Palm Springs and about eight miles north of Indio.
The witnesses thought the craft had exploded in the air, but when the ground party reached the scene it appeared that it had disintegrated upon impact.
One eyewitness, DICK TAYLOR, told newsmen he saw "a quick flash of orange light, followed by a tremendous ball of fire."

San Mateo Times California 1965-11-15