Denver, CO Bomber Crashes Into Homes, Dec 1951
BOMBER SMASHES INTO SWANK DENVER HOMES.
Denver, Dec. 3. (AP) -- A B-29 bomber trying to reach Lowry airforce base with one motor not working crashed into a row of swank residential homes today, apparently killing eight airmen. At least one civilian and five airmen were injured. Five houses were damaged -- four of them demolished.
Denver, Dec. 3. (AP) -- A B-29 bomber smashed into a row of swank Denver homes Monday and first reports said that nine persons aboard the plane were killed and two babies were believed trapped in one of the burning houses.
The information came from Police Capt. JAMES E. CHILDERS, who was one of the officers directing rescue operations.
"I can't vouch for the reports," he told newsmen.
CHILDERS said he was informed the plane carried a crew of 14 persons and that five had been saved from the flames.
Four houses were set on fire.
An eyewitness, MRS. S. G. BROOKS, said the plane appeared to hit the treetops and explode, shooting flames high into the air.
In New District.
The accident occurred near Eudora and Bayaud streets in a new residential district made up of modernistic and ranch type homes.
MRS. HOMER H. OWEN, who lives half a block from the crash scene, said four homes caught fire.
"It's terrible," said MRS. OWEN a few minutes after the crash. She was talking on the telephone at the time of the accident and did not see it.
"I thought from the terrible noise it was going to hit our house," she reported.
The first eyewitness account of the crash came from a woman who was standing several miles away on a knoll. MRS. S. G. BROOKS said she first noticed the plane flying very low.
"It seemed to hit the treetops and just exploded and the flames shot high into the air. Everything was flames. I've never seen anything like it."
She fixed the time of the crash at 11:20 a.m., MST.
The Post Reporter Idaho Falls Idaho 1951-12-03
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