Accident North American BT-9C 37-387, Sunday 10 December 1939
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Date:Sunday 10 December 1939
Type:North American BT-9C
Registration: 37-387
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:La Crescenta, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport: Long Beach Municipal Airport
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On 10 December 1939 two officers in the Army Air Corps Reserve, Lieut.-Col. Kenneth Decker, 45, Los Angeles, and Lieut. Theodore J. Steiner, 38, Lawndale, took off from Long Beach Municipal Airport, California, for their weekly training flight. The engine of their BT-9C 37-387 failed as they flew over the crowded La Crescenta residential district. According to witnesses, the pilot apparently attempted to land on Pennsylvania avenue, but changed his mind, probably fearing striking automobiles. The ship sheared off a pergola attached to a bungalow and crashed, killing both crew and a dog.

Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California, 11 December 1939 (available online at
Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona, 11 December 1939 (available online at,_California

Revision history:

13-Dec-2017 16:08 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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