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Air Freighter Crashes in L.A., 4 Bodies Recovered So Far

Dec. 15, 1962 - A Flying Tiger Constellation air freighter with five persons aboard crashed in a dense fog last night while attempting to land in Los Angeles, setting eight buildings — most of them homes — on fire. The fire department said at least four bodies were recovered. The Flying Tiger Line said the Constellation was approaching Lockheed Air terminal near Burbank on a flight from Chicago when it barreled into homes in a heavily populated section of the San Fernando Valley. A dozen fire department units were dispatched to the scene, and a large area was blocked off. Ambulances shuttled to and from the scene, despite heavy traffic that hampered rescue operations in the growing late evening fog. There are reports that, in addition to the five persons aboard the aircraft, three persons on the ground were killed.


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