1948 Coalinga plane crash

Here are some news­pa­per clip­pings from 1948 and 1949 about the crash of a charter plane that was be­ing used to de­port Mex­ic­an work­ers. The 32 people on board who died in­cluded 28 Mex­ic­an na­tion­als. It was later de­term­ined that the wrong plane was used; the plane the pi­lot flew was sched­uled for main­ten­ance, not for a flight to Mex­ico.

The Times’ Di­ana Mar­cum ex­plores why the Mex­ic­an crash vic­tims re­mained an­onym­ous for so long in a Column One. Ex­plore the 1940s cov­er­age be­low, and read her full piece: Pas­sen­gers on doomed 1948 flight, their names now emerge from shad­ows

Jan. 29, 1948: Plane Crash Kills 32 Near Coal­inga // Craft Tak­ing Farm Work­ers to Be De­por­ted
Feb. 14, 1948: Switched Plane Made Fatal Trip, C.A.B. In­formed
Minor re­ports on the 1948 Coal­inga plane crash in the Los Angeles Times, 1948-49.
New York Times, Jan. 29, 1948: 32 Killed in Crash of Charter Plane // Cali­for­nia Vic­tims In­clude 28 Mex­ic­an Work­ers Who Were Be­ing De­por­ted
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