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Danville museum to present rare exhibit on fatal airliner crash

Original post made on Dec 31, 2013

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.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Dec 31, 2013 at 6:51 am

Actually the plane was a continuation flight from Stockton to San Francisco originating in Reno. The flight was crashed by a suicidal man on board that shot the pilot and co-pilot. Security in 1964 was a far cry from today.

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Posted by Chris S.
a resident of Diablo
on Dec 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I remember that day well. While waiting for the school bus in Diablo many ambulances and fire trucks were going to the site up Diablo Rd on their way to Tassajara Rd.. My grandfather worked with the local mortician Mel Whalen of the Danville Chapel next door to the theater , and they assembled a staging area for recovered parts (nothing larger than a hand)in the upstairs of the Village Theater. Many people first at the crash site of the F-27 Fairchild were trying to pocket scattered silver dollars as witnessed by my grandfather at the crash site.

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Posted by Long time local
a resident of Danville
on Jan 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I still remember standing in line at the Village Theater for the Saturday matinee while the trucks arrived with the remains being collected upstairs. Pretty stunning for a child to take.

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Posted by Tim R.
a resident of Danville
on Jan 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I grew up in Diablo and was nine years old at the time. I too remember standing in the long line for the Saturday matinee at the Village Theatre, and I recall there were perhaps two large refrigerated trailers parked along the Theatre wall nearest the mortuary. It was disconcerting to learn of the contents of those trailers.

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Posted by David Whalin
a resident of Danville
on Dec 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm

I am the son of Mel Whalin who owned the San Ramon Valley Chapel I was 4 years old at the time. When that happened I did not see my dad for about a week. I will never forget. I have a few stories from that time that I can still Remember.

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