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Remembering an airplane crash

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webmaster | 05/16/14

On May 4, 1964, we were living in Dublin, south of Danville. I had completed work on my BS at Berkeley in January and was employed by Sandia in Livermore. I am sure that Bill Coate takes his information from articles from the paper of that date, but I must report that the article on the plane crash was inaccurate.

The plane hit nearly vertically and made a crater. Only the engines bounced out of the hole. Everything was pulverized and there were no bodies. It was determined that both engines were running on impact.

After studying the last muddled contact with Bay Approach, the FBI determined that the pilot had said “We’ve been shot. We’re both shot.” Then, the wreckage was searched and the gun was found. The passenger that did the shooting had purchased a large insurance policy from a vending machine and mailed his copy to the beneficiary before boarding.

At that time, everything was put in the crater, covered, and a monument was placed. This was a terrible and tragic event caused by someone with no regard for others.

Bob Christiansen,


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