1935 - EXPRESS PLANE CRASHES, KILLS CREW OF THREE. WESTERN AIR EXPRESS FALLS, BURNS ONLY MILE FROM LOS ANGELES AIRPORT.
Los Angeles, Sept. 2. (U.P.) - A Western Air express plane crashed and burst into flames shortly before midnight, burning its crew of two men and a woman to death.
Western Air dispatchers listed the crew as GEORGE SHERWOOD, 38, veteran Los Angeles pilot; FRED M. BURLEW, co-pilot, Glendale, Calif.; DONNA NAYLOR, stewardess, Burbank, Calif.
Less than a mile from the airport its motors began sputtering, MALDIN BURT, Van Nuys rancher reported.
"The plane was flying low and it seemed that the motor was sputtering," he said. "The piilot gave it the gun. It seemed to zoom up and then the motor went dead and the plane nosed downward."
"The pilot looked like he was trying to pull up its nose and he succeeded partly. The plane, skimmed across several irrigation stempipes and the propellor broke off."
"It skidded across Empire Boulevard here and went into a cow pasture. Suddenly it broke into flames."
September 2, 1935
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