Sacramento Air Show Disaster - Sacramento, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DopeyDuck
N 38° 31.281 W 121° 29.932
10S E 630860 N 4264730
Quick Description: On September 24, 1972, a former RCAF F-86 flown by a civilian pilot as part of an airshow crashed into Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor shortly after take-off, killing 22 people, including 12 children. This memorial is across from the Executive Airport.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/10/2008 3:48:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM4DY0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 94

Long Description:
This was the worst ground-related aircraft disaster in the United States at the time, and is still considered the worst in California to this day. According to the Check-Six website, 28 people were also badly burned or injured resulting in the creation of Sacramento's burn unit (Firefighters Burn Institute) a year later. The pilot was helped from the wreckage by bystanders and survived the crash with a broken arm and facial cuts. "One survivor, only eight-years-old, lost nine family members in the conflagration: both parents, two brothers, a sister, two grandparents and two cousins, and one entire family of four was wiped out completely." Kerri Frances McKlusky (The sole survivor who lost her twin sister and entire family) was mainly responsible for setting up this memorial.

Disaster Date: 09/24/1972

Date of dedication: 03/15/2003

Memorial Sponsors: Local residents, lead by survivor Kerri Frances McKlusky

Disaster Type: Technological

Relevant Website: [Web Link]

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

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