Duarte, CA Jetliner - Military Jet Crash, Jun 1971

Jetliner-Military Jet Collision Photo, Jun 1971, submitted by Stu Beitler

Here Is List Of Victims
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Hughes Air West today released the following list of crewmen and passengers on a DC9 airliner that collided with a military jet Sunday and crashed near Los Angeles:

Capt. THEODORE NICOLAY, 50, Seattle, pilot.
First Officer PRICE BRUNER, 49, Seattle, copilot.
Hostess HELENA KOSKIMIES, 30, Seattle.
Hostess JOAN PLUYLAAR, 34, Seattle.
Hostess PATRICIA SHELTON, 28, Entiat, Wash.

C. PRESTON ALLEN, Salt Lake City
MRS. R. BIRD of Carlshad, Calif, and Infant BIRD, destination Boise, Idaho.
MRS. J. DEAN and J. DEAN, 2-year-old boy destination Pasco, Wash.
PRESCOTT DUNN, JR., of Salt Lake City.
A. ESPITIA AND J. ESPITIA of Mexico, destination Boise.
JOHN FORGY of Tarzana, Calif., destination Lewiston, Idaho.
K. GABEL, destination Boise.
MRS. H. GARCIA, destination Lewiston.
MRS. M. GARCIA of Los Angeles, wife of an Air West employee.
G. HUNTER of Salt Lake City.
MR. AND MRS. J. JOHNSON, destination Boise.
MR. F. KALBJLEISCH, destination Lewiston.
ARNOLD KAUFMAN of Ann Arbor, Mich.
JOHN N. MANGUM, attorney, Salt Lake City, destination Salt Lake City.
HAROLD McCALL, Richland, Wash., destination Pasco.
DALE MILLER of Walla Walla, Wash., destination Lewiston.
THORNTON D. MORRIS, JR., Salt Lake City, destination Salt Lake City.
MISS J. McCRODEN of Napa, Idaho, destination Boise.
MISS J. POTTER, age 6, and MASTER M. POTTER, age 7, destination Lewiston.
CHARLES “MAC” PYKE, president Pyke Manufacturing Co., Salt Lake City, destination Salt Lake City.
FRANK PYKE, brother of CHARLES and vice president of firm, Salt Lake City.
WALLACE H. PYKE, brother of CHARLES and FRANK and treasurer of firm.
MISS M. RANGEL and P. RANGEL of Mexico, traveling with A. and J. ESPITIA, to Boise.
J. REEVES, a Union Oil Co. employee in the Los Angeles area, destination Pasco.
ROBERT E. SCHOENHAIS, attorney, Salt Lake City, destination Salt Lake City.
EARL SMITH, Salt Lake City.
MISS M. SUBIC of Salt Lake City.
MISS KATHLEEN D. THOMAS, a Brigham Young University student returning to school, traveling with mother, MRS. R. CARSON.
R. VINCENT of Boise, destination Boise.
TED WILKERSON of Melba, Idaho, destination Boise.
D. ZILLMAN of the Los Angeles area, destination Lewiston.
NORMAN HESS, with Nuclear Energy Insurance Corp., New York City, who had been visiting parents in Costa Mesa, Calif.
B. BRAND, destination Boise.
MRS. LOUISE DENEGAL, Los Angeles, destination Boise.

The Modesto Bee And News-Herald California 1971-06-07

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i work at Royal oaks

i work at Royal oaks Elementary "now Academey" down the street from the park, seeing shadows and smelling cigarette smoke a lot lately.. im thinking the new renovation to the school may have triggered something.. is it true the school was used as a morgue? something has to explain what ive been seeing and smelling.

Air crash 71

Always facinates me how we can be chosen to go at anytime? An air rash, car accident or poor health? I think we are hanging on by the skin of our teeth every day so just enjoy life and be as positive as you can. When your times up your times up and there nothing you can do about it? Heartbreaking when small children are involved though! RIP to your brother and everyone else on board! Times a great healer! We can all recover......

I saw it from Glendora

I saw it from Glendora

My father died on that flight

Odd, I happened to do a Google search on Ted Wilkerson, my dad. Found this website and article. I was 4 years old when he died in 1971. I think he had other children not known to me.

Uncle Ted

He was named after 2 presidents: Theodore Woodrow Wilkerson. He was 28, my Uncle and leader of a band (who had all gone home on a previous flight) My mom & he were close and it still affects her horrifically when she thinks about it for too long. Thanks to all of you who shared your experiences, memories and continue to pray for us. You're AWESOME!!

I was one of two eyewitnesses

I was one of two eyewitnesses at the crash site moments after the collision. We cleared brush on a cliff a hundred yards from the fuseloge of the airliner. We also helped coroners mark the bodies before sunset.

I saw it

I saw it

June 1971 Military-DC9 Plane Crash in San Gabriel Mountains

I was thirteen, sitting on my best friend Diana Navarro's front porch that faced North, playing rummy... we both saw the planes collide in mid air, saw the flashes and felt the earth tremble and the windows rattled. I ran all the way up the street to my house and told my Mama and Daddy what I had seen and they all ran out to the front to see. We drove up to Fish Canyon to see if we could help in any way. It was harrowing to see something like that... it was in all of the papers and on the evening news... We prayed for the victims in church and at home. It was traumatic!

'71 Duarte jet collision

Curiously on the previous weekend, after midnight, 1 or 2 military planes flew inverted over the Azusa/Glendora foothills at approx. 1000.' I thought at the time that this was a bit reckless to say the least. One week later this occurs & I've always felt that it was more than coincidence.

plane crash

I remember being at my brothers lil league baseball game I was 8 at a baseball field off huntington dr. In Duarte when I heard a boom , I looked back to the mtns and I could actually see the plane going down will never forget that . Then I remember going to Royal Oaks park in Duarte and seen the helicopters bringing down bodies and laying them at the park.