Airplane Crash - Near Newhall, California 01/12/1937

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Newhall, California


Date01/12/1937
Time11:07
LocationNear Newhall, California
OperatorWestern Air Express
Flight #7
RouteSalt Lake City - Burbank
TypeBoeing 247B
RegistrationNC13315
Cn/In1696
Aboard13
Fatalities5
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed into Pinetos Peak, 4 miles southeast of Newhall while attempting to land at Burbank Airport in fog and rain. The pilot descended to a dangerously low altitude without positive knowledge of his position. African explorer, Martin Johnson, 52, killed. Johnson suffered a fractured skull in the crash and died the next day in a hospital.

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