Clipped From Redlands Daily Facts
Two killed in desert plane crash Two Los Angeles men were killed yesterday morning when the plane they were using to conduct undisclosed engineering tests spun out of control and crashed into the Ifclendale airport runway. Dead at the scene were Franklin S. Coale, 40. of Pasadena, the pilot and Thomas Keefe. 20. of Burbank, San Bernardino County Coroner Bill Hill said. Helendale is 11 mites north of Victorville. According to Sgt. Howard Goddard of the Victorville Sheriff's substation. Coale, Keefe and three other men took off from the Van Nuys airport at 10 a.m. in an Aero Commander 560. twin-engine, eight passenger plane. The plane was owned by World West, aviation of Van Nuys. The three survivors told investigators at the crash site that they had landed at the private Helendale airport at 10:45 a.m. and left the aircraft, leaving Keefe and Coale in the plane. The plane then took off and climbed to 2.000 feet where a small parachute was dropped. The survivors said the drop was part of a test being made for Tasker Industries of Los Angeles. Following the first parachute drop. Coale and Keefe landed and held a discussion with the three men on the ground. The two then took off again and climbed to I.OOO feet where they released another chute. The observers said that just after the parachute was released, they saw the plane's left wing dip. as though the pilot was starting a left turn. The plane then spun into the ground, killing the two men. ft exploded on impact.