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Monday, March 22, 2010

1962 North Hollywood Plane Crash

December 14, 1962, North Hollywood CA. A plane belonging to the freight airline Flying Tiger Line crashes in North Hollywood, East of Laurel Canyon between Vose Street on the north and Hart Street on the south. The investigation found that the pilot had a heart attack and slumped over onto the controls on the final approach to Burbank airport.

My Dad worked for Flying Tiger Line and that night he was playing cards with a co-worker. I remember them hearing the news and going out to the crash site. Years later I went to work for a company on Vose Street just a few feet from the crash site. Vose is right under the landing path to Burbank airport. The first few weeks I was there I would flash back to that night every time I saw or heard a jet on final approach.

One day I was talking to a co-worker and we started talking about the airplanes overhead and I related my story of the crash to him. He told me his father had also driven out to the crash sight. That night when his Dad returned home from the crash sight he died of a heart attack.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't remember hearing anything about that plane crash. What a sad story about your friend's dad. Did his father work for the Flying Tigers or did he just go to the crash scene out of curiosity?

Bob Walance

Guitar Rat said...

My friends dad went out of curiosity as I recall. Sadly my friend died of a heart attack last year. I had it on my mind to call him but I hadn't. I learn again, I should call someone when it occurs to me because you never know.

Anonymous said...

I remember this crash very well...I had gone Christmas shopping with my mom, aunt and two cousins; we were just walking into my Aunt's upstairs apartment, when we heard an hellacious sound. It was almost deafening! My mom said,"He's coming in to say hello!" She no sooner got the words out that we heard the explosion and saw the flames. That plane hit two blocks in front of my Aunt's place. The five of us ran over to the site and it was not something I could ever forget. I was just a kid and I never knew what really happened; how sad to know the pilot died at the controls and how sad others lost their lives.

S. Grey said...

My grandfather died on that plane when my father was 9 years old. I have always had a curiousity about this since my family has been pretty tight lipped as to what happened. Granted I have heard a few versions or senarios but I am looking for as much information as i can find. My father never has gotten over losing his daddy at such a young age and my grandmother tried to do the best she could to explain and comfort but he still has questions he would like answered. If anyone can help me find an accident report or pictures of the crash sight, i guess anything that would be very helpful.

Guitar Rat said...

Who was your Grandfather? I do know there is a brief crash report somewhere on the internet, but I forget where. I found it by typing in the company name, date and location. I don't know of any photos on the internet. The one I posted was from a scrapbook my mom made for me. There are more pictures and articles. E-mail me at this blogs e-mail and I can dig it out again and take some photos of the articles. Unfortunately they are too large for my current scanner.

Brad Fallon said...

Is it just me, or has anybody noticed that there is a pattern of death happening in Hollywood?

Carl said...

I remember that very well. I am now 60, and I remember watching TV with my family. We lived in North Hollywood basically between Saticoy and Roscoe and Coldwater Canyon. We were used to hearing plane fly over but this one was really low. I was loud and it shook the house as it went over. My dad & I ran out the living room door and saw it directly overhead. No more than a 200 feet. My Dad a WWII vet said that plane won't make Burbank. Not more than a few second later we heard the explosion. Carl Greco

Guitar Rat said...

Thank you Carl for sharing your memories. A sad event but good to know others still remember it.

s. grey said...

Guitar rat....his name was Jack Grey. Anything you can share would be great. My email is shawn76.sg@gmail.com. Thank you for commenting back to me.

Guitar Rat said...

I don't have anymore info but here is a link to an AP article about the crash:
http://www3.gendisasters.com/node/5636

Tom Locke said...

I was a senior at U. S. Grant High School when the crash occurred. That night, I saw a flash of light and heard a boom. The next morning I learned about the crash, and recognized the name of one of the victims killed on the ground, Cathleen Roche, as a member of my graduating class. Our class was greatly shocked and saddened to learn what happened to her.

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Damon said...

For some reason, I just remembered that crash and looked it up, and found this post.

We lived in a upstairs apartment on Fulton, between Sherman Way and Vanowen. Going by the date, I was about four years old, but I still remember my dad telling my mom that the plane sounded really low.

Just like another poster above, my dad was a WWII vet, 101st Airborne.

Dad and I went to the crash site the next day.
I don't remember too much more than seeing the wreckage there.

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Diana said...

The plane flew directly over my aunt's apartment Whitsett Ave. and my mother no sooner said, "I think that plane's coming in to say hello to us!" we heard the loudest boom and crash I've ever heard. It crashed right behind my aunt's apartment and we all rushed over to the site immediately. I was just a kid but I remember vividly the horrible sight. I can still recall it today.

J Seay said...

I remember the crash and saw the crash site the day after. I was 22 years old at the time. and worked not far from there.It was and bad seen and I will never for get it. One of the things I remember is the first thing the plane hit was a bilboard before it started to hit buildings.

Denise said...

I remember hearing about this shortly after we moved from the area of the plane crash. We lived in an apartment complex called Hart Villa in the early 60's. It was a great place to live with a built in pool. Coming from CT in the dead of winter, it was wonderful to live in a warm climate. I was sorry to hear that so many had lost their lives.

Manuel said...

I was 10 years old when this happened, my older sister, Melba was good friends with Kathleen Roche and I was friends with her younger brother, we lived across the street from her house in an apartment on Vose St. next to an empty lot on Lankershim Blvd. where the billboard was, my dad worked at the Mohawk gas station across the street, a man that worked at the liquor store next to the gas station was on his sofa when it happened and an engine came through the bedroom roof and was where his bed was, in flames. In the morning I went out to look and it was very scary, the billboard had holes chopped along the top from a propeller, and everything across the street was just blackened ruins, my friends and I played in the lot below the billboard, I remember my dad complaining about oil or grease from the planes that would land on his white/green Pontiac. I liked when the U-2's would fly over us, they were real quiet and made an odd shadow compared to the other planes.

Mr. Footprint said...

My Dad was on the Lockheed Fire Dept at that time and they responded ...He took a couple photos ....

aaronosaurus said...

I was 10 years old at the time also. We lived in a home on an "alley" behind Arnold Chemical on the north side of the fire station (89) on the west side of Laurel Canyon Blvd. The billboard was on the south side of the fire station, and I believe it was the landing gear that went through it. The plane continued across Laurel Canyon and went down on the east side of Laurel Canyon.
We were watching the Twilight Zone at the time of the crash, and I thought the Russians had started bombing us. That was the big fear at the time.
The lights went out, and we walked to the front of the station to see the fires burning. Very sad.
I remmeber it being foggy that evening... and understood it was a factor in the plane comming down short of the Burbank airport.

Anonymous said...

My stepmother Patti used to tell me how Christmas was a sad time for her parents because this crash killed their daughter, Patti's sister Cathleen. Cathleen was in her bedroom which was in a separate part of the house from where her parents were. The plane hit her bedroom and killed her. Such a sad story!

Bart Katz said...

I remember this crash, I was 6 years old ,Our Baby sitter was the only one killed on the ground, My Dad took us for a ride by it a few days earlyer.

Bob Gross said...

My father, Harry Gross was an LAFD Assistant Chief and devision commander of the San Fernando Valley. The night of the crash was his night off. It was a very foggy night. We were home watching TV when the telephone rang. It was headquarters informing him of the crash and requesting him on the scene. My mom and I got in the car with dad to take him to the nearest fire station to get a chief's car so he could go to the scene. He was in charge of the site on this one. I later asked him about seeing such horror. He just shook his head and said it never gets easy. But you have to do your job.

under the skunkworks said...

I remember this airplane crash shook our house like an earthquake! My Uncle also flew for Flying Tigers, so we heard the inside news.

Will Rodriguez said...

Did that happend on 11847 Vose St ? I currently work there and I stay late nights due to paperwork that I need to complete. But un this build many people has heard voices of a girl asking for help. I also have heard it and stuff being thrown from our shelf. I'm trying to figure out what happened in the past. That is making us hear this voices. Till a customer of mine said that a plane crashesed there. Now this is making sence.

Carey A, Wilson said...

According to the map you work at the NE corner of Vose & Radford. The crash was west of Radford and as far as I know predominately on the south side of Vose.The building where I worked which was across the street from you on the other side of Radford next to J&M Aircraft Mfg. Thanks for your comment!

Don Fisher said...

I was dating Cathleen Roche at the time of the crash and was two blocks away when the plane went down.
It is something I will never forget.

Cathy was a sweetheart.