San Francisco, CA Airliner Crash, Apr 1953

4 DIE AS PLANE DIVES INTO BAY

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A huge airliner carrying 10 persons plunged into San Francisco Bay with a roar and a flash late last night – minutes after unloading 44 passengers at San Francisco Airport.
Two survived, four were killed and four were missing.

The crew of five and five passengers on the Western Air Lines DC6B were on a short, low-level 10-mile hop from San Francisco to Oakland, last leg of a flight from Los Angeles.

The two who survived are:
Stewardess BEVERLEE NELSON, 27. She suffered no serious injury.
JERRY ADAMS, 21, Fairbanks, Alaska, a passenger. He was in severe shock but reported recovering.
Four bodies were recovered by U. S. Coast Guard crews.

The dead:
JOSEPH B. PETTY, San Bernardino, Calif.
NANCY TURNER, Oakland.
CHARLES H. GRAVES, Oakland, all passengers and
Co-Pilot ROBERT JACOBSEN, 31.
The missing:
Pilot, Capt. ROBERT CLARK, 35.
Flight Engineer ROBERT LEAGUE, 35.
Stewardess BARBARA BREW, 26.
STANLEY J. NEWMAN, Richmond, Calif.

The giant plane – one of the largest types of passenger craft – crashed in 15 feet of water about 4 miles from San Francisco.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise New York 1953-04-21