The Museum of the San Ramon Valley's latest exhibit offers people a rare glimpse into a fatal airliner crash that occurred just outside Danville almost 50 years ago.
Pacific Air Lines Flight 773, en route to San Francisco from Reno (with a stop in Stockton), exploded into a cow pasture three miles east of Blackhawk on Camino Tassajara the morning of May 7, 1964, killing all 44 passengers and crew members. The nation's attention soon turned to small-town Danville, which served as the staging area for emergency personnel, news media and crash investigators.
Entitled "Mystery in the Sky: The Crash of Flight 773," the new exhibit includes artifacts, documents and newspaper clippings about the deadly incident presented together publicly for the first time. The showing is set to open in downtown Danville this Tuesday (Dec. 31) and run through Jan. 26.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will host a presentation by Julie Clark, the daughter of Flight 773's pilot, on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.
The Role Players Ensemble will also get into the act, collaborating with the museum for an original play called "Tassajara 1964." The performance is scheduled to take place this spring on the 50th anniversary of the plane crash.
The Flight 773 exhibit is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays noon to 3 p.m. at the museum, 205 Railroad Ave. Admission costs $1.
For more information, call 837-3750 or visit the museum website.
Note: A previous version of this article referenced an incorrect itinerary for Flight 773.