Plane Crash into Ice Cream Parlor Remembered

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It was 35 years ago today when a jet participating in an airshow crashed into an ice cream parlor on Freeport Boulevard, killing 22 people, many of them children.

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jim jones

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Feb 4, 2012
 
Sacramento: The most mierable city in the country. Thank you Kevin johnson for being a half-a ssed uncle tom that has your beak so far up the maloof bros stinky brown eye that you can;t even do your job anymore. Thank you for being a monkey.
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Feb 4, 2012
 
GLG wrote:
<quoted text>They were selling marijuana and LSD ( marijuana was a narcotic back then) chp sheriff and sac pd had around 40 cops (uniformed) which was a lot for 1970. It was a virtual drug den , kids couldn't play there families and neighbors were very grateful for the sweep
Like I said, you have a lot of stories that would be interest to a lot of people, thank you. If you don't mind me asking, what age bracket are you now?
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Feb 4, 2012
 
Early 70s , 72 to be exact... I pulled over one of this countries most notorious serial killers. In 1968 my partner and I noticed a VW traveling east on old US 50 (Folsom blvd) with a broken tail lamp, we pulled him over in the parking lot of the KoKo Mo motel. He was an ex con, said he was visiting a friend . Hecwas clean , no warrents so I wrote him a ticket and let him go. We found out later he was trying to convince an ex con buddy to join his "family" in Los Angles. His name.......Charles Manson.
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Feb 4, 2012
 
GLG wrote:
Early 70s , 72 to be exact... I pulled over one of this countries most notorious serial killers. In 1968 my partner and I noticed a VW traveling east on old US 50 (Folsom blvd) with a broken tail lamp, we pulled him over in the parking lot of the KoKo Mo motel. He was an ex con, said he was visiting a friend . Hecwas clean , no warrents so I wrote him a ticket and let him go. We found out later he was trying to convince an ex con buddy to join his "family" in Los Angles. His name.......Charles Manson.
wow.
RiccardoFire

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Feb 4, 2012
 
jim jones wrote:
Sacramento: The most mierable city in the country. Thank you Kevin johnson for being a half-a ssed uncle tom that has your beak so far up the maloof bros stinky brown eye that you can;t even do your job anymore. Thank you for being a monkey.
Hey Jim, miserable according to who? I love it here. Why the race remarks towards Kevin Johnson? He has done a lot of great things helping our homeless and trying to revamp our city, who was the last mayor? Keep your racist remarks to yourself.
History Buff

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#108
Apr 16, 2012
 
This plane was flown by a pilot who had something in the area of 8 hours training in this aircraft. It was owned by a pyramid sales company called Holiday Magic that sold womenís cosmetics and was used, according to tax records, for Ďadvertisingí. The F-86 was scheduled for several air shows and was recently certified for flight. Holiday Magic was under investigation by the FTC at that time and losing money quickly. To save funds they eliminated the experienced pilots (more expensive) and may have been trying to meet some required number of exhibitions before the end of the fiscal year (30 Sept) to use the plane as a tax write off.
End result was the largest civil aviation ground disaster in number of fatalities until 9/11, with Holiday Magic being shut down as the largest Ponzi operation at the time; Madoff and a few others have beat that record.
The owner of Holiday Magic crashed his plane less than a year later and was killed before going on trial.
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Apr 29, 2012
 
I was working at Farrell's that day as a cook in the kitchen, scheduled to clock out at 4 pm. I actually finished at 4:15, and then went into the employee eating area to enjoy a drink. A minute later, Ken the manager came back, told me the dishwasher called in sick and asked if I could cover his shift which starts at 5. I said OK, but I need some fresh air.

I got into my car to enjoy an area cruise, drove south on Freeport, turned right on Florin and then right on South Land Park. At that point, I was facing toward the ice cream parlor and I saw the smoke. But it didn't enter my mind about the source. I don't think five minutes had gone by since I pulled out of the Crossroads parking lot. I continued driving around the area and seeing the smoke. At 4:50 I turned on to 35th by the old railroad tracks and my jaws dropped and eyes bulged as I realized then the smoke was from Farrell's. I parked the car, sprinted the length of the parking lot to grab an employee covered with blood and screamed at her "What happened?"

She calmly said "an airplane crashed into it."

Because no employees were seriously hurt and the pilot only suffered minor injuries,I kidded myself there were no fatalities. But that was not the case and I should have known that after I looked into the party room before I left the building and saw so many people sitting against the window.

In the years since,it has troubled me badly that I didn't just stick around and maybe, just maybe, I could have pulled somebody out alive who died. I remember reading about a guy who was stationed on the Arizona at Pearl Harbor in 1941. But he got up that morning of December 7 to do some shopping in Honolulu and avoided the attack. Before he died decades later, he insisted on cremation and his remains sprinkled over the Arizona. I know actually how he felt.
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Apr 29, 2012
 
Daniel German wrote:
I was working at Farrell's that day as a cook in the kitchen, scheduled to clock out at 4 pm. I actually finished at 4:15, and then went into the employee eating area to enjoy a drink. A minute later, Ken the manager came back, told me the dishwasher called in sick and asked if I could cover his shift which starts at 5. I said OK, but I need some fresh air.
I got into my car to enjoy an area cruise, drove south on Freeport, turned right on Florin and then right on South Land Park. At that point, I was facing toward the ice cream parlor and I saw the smoke. But it didn't enter my mind about the source. I don't think five minutes had gone by since I pulled out of the Crossroads parking lot. I continued driving around the area and seeing the smoke. At 4:50 I turned on to 35th by the old railroad tracks and my jaws dropped and eyes bulged as I realized then the smoke was from Farrell's. I parked the car, sprinted the length of the parking lot to grab an employee covered with blood and screamed at her "What happened?"
She calmly said "an airplane crashed into it."
Because no employees were seriously hurt and the pilot only suffered minor injuries,I kidded myself there were no fatalities. But that was not the case and I should have known that after I looked into the party room before I left the building and saw so many people sitting against the window.
In the years since,it has troubled me badly that I didn't just stick around and maybe, just maybe, I could have pulled somebody out alive who died. I remember reading about a guy who was stationed on the Arizona at Pearl Harbor in 1941. But he got up that morning of December 7 to do some shopping in Honolulu and avoided the attack. Before he died decades later, he insisted on cremation and his remains sprinkled over the Arizona. I know actually how he felt.
It wasn't your time. Thanks for the memory. Hope all is well with you.
Kerri

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May 2, 2012
 

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Rebecca B wrote:
I was a survivor in Farrell's Crash, 1972. My family made it out. I was three years old and I remember it well.
Rebecca, I was there, too, and survived that crash, but my identical twin sister did not. We were almost 4 years old. There is a memorial built there in 2003. I spearheaded it. I still think the city used very poor judgement putting the police/fire headquarters there. At least with the memorial - it won't be forgotten. My daughter, Kristin, drew the angels for the plaque/ she was four at the time.

This year will be the 40th anniversary. One good thing that came out of something so horrific is the Fire Fighters Burn Institute- the living
memorial. They built the UC Davis Burn Center.
George

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May 29, 2012
 
Jeff wrote:
I remember that day at age 14, coming home from playing 'roller derby' with friends at Rainbow Roller Rink and thinking ice cream!!! Upon cyling to Farrell's we witnessed at least ten emergency vehicles flying up 35th Avenue to Freeport Blvd. We soon realized what happened. Efforts to make the Crossroads Center a success for years after were overcome by the painful memories of the events of that day in Sacramento history.
Jeff, I came across the Farrels fire by accedent because you menchend the old Rainbow Roller Rink! We are looking for any informaction or pictures on the old rink. oddly enough A good friend lost all her children and mother and was seriously her her self in that fire.
So we are looking for photoes od the Rainbow Roller Rink.
Thanks
George
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May 29, 2012
 
Jeff, I came across the Farrels fire by accedent because you menchend the old Rainbow Roller Rink! We are looking for any informaction or pictures on the old rink. oddly enough A good friend lost all her children and mother and was seriously her her self in that fire.
So we are looking for photoes od the Rainbow Roller Rink.
Thanks
George
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Aug 13, 2012
 
Tom Ortiz wrote:
I was inside Farrell's with a friend of mine when the blast catapulted me about 30' down the aisle. I was fortunate because I was just on the other side of the partition separating myself from the "party room" where most of the victims perished. My friend, Tom Nevis, and I sustained substantial injuries, and it took me years to get over the emotional trauma of that day. I rode to the medical center in the ambulance with Steve Martin and one other victim. I remember Steve wearing his football uniform. If anyone knows where I can find the actual film of the crash, please let me know-- my kids are fascinated at my involvement in this tragedy, and I recall seeing the film myself on the local news in 1972, but have not seen it since.
Would you happen to know whatever came of the pilot? My dad was the manager of that Ferrell's but fortunately had been asked if he wanted to manage another store less than a year before that crash.
Kerri

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#115
Sep 7, 2012
 
The pilot was killed in a different plane crash 8 years later.

There will be a 40th Memorial at the Freeport site on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 1:00pm.
The public is welcome.
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#116
Sep 12, 2012
 
I am trying to find first-hand information about this accident, since I was only 3 at the time and my memories are very scattered. If anyone who was involved, either at that time or in the historical research of it, I would be very grateful if they'd contact me. I have a gmail.com email, "squigglebrain" and you can reach me there. My family sold our house and moved away after the accident, believing it would get me/us past it, but that never works... I can still remember, but I would like more facts about it from those who were older and also were there- a 3 year old's memory is not the best thing to rely on, ya know?
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#117
Sep 16, 2012
 
My brother was in the parking lot for a birthday party but it was too crowded to get in, right as they walked away, KABOOM!!
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#118
Sep 20, 2012
 
I was at the air show that day. I was 12. The F86 was the only jet at the air show that day, and I waited to watch it take off. Earlier that day, that same F86 had been racing a biplane all over town. I lived in Florin and watched them flying very fast, chasing each other before we left for the air show.
The reports from FAA state that it was never airborn, but it did in fact get to 30 to 50 feet before falling back to the runway and skidding all the way off the runway, into dirt, stiring up a huge cloud of dust, then the fireball from the full fuel tanks exploding on Freeport Blvd and right through the front doors at Farrells Ice Cream. I remember it like it was a week ago. My brother and I ran up Freeport and somehow got into the parking lot of Farrells, and saw many burned bodies already lined up in the South parking lot. Cars that were parked in the path were all missing their roofs as the jet flew about 100 yards at just a few feet shearing off roofs as it went. we also noticed paint burned and peeling up on the airport side of all the cars from the heat of the fireball.
The pilot was alive, with a broken arm, although I dont recall seeing him. He later died in a plane crash with his lawyer in the back seat. I read that his plane did a nose dive into a field for no apparent reason!
I know there is an old film of the F86 crash, but haven't seen it in years. It was on every news channel at the time. It clearlt shows the F86 lifting off, so iam not sure why the FAA would state it was never airborn.
Ty Twist

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Sep 24, 2012
 
I remember that horrible day. My family and I were coming home from Tahoe. We were driving on Freeport Blvd and I remember the street was closed. I to went to Pony Express and Steve Martin and his family lived around the corner from me. We use to play together. After the tragedy. I remember my mom told me and my three brothers to walk around the neighborhood and collect money for Steve Martin. I dont remember how much we collected but I brought it to school and gave it to him. He came to school in crutches and he was missing a few fingers. I still remember that. I always wondered to this day what he's doing. Ty
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For some strange reason, the memory of the Farrellís plane crash popped into my mind the other day and, while searching, I found this thread.
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Ernie - Steve Martin did not pass away in the accident. Shawn was his younger brother who, along with the rest of his family, perished in the disaster. I was in 3rd grade when the accident happened and Steve was one of my best friends at the time. When he returned to school to say his goodbyes, I donít remember saying much to him. I think my immature mind could not grasp the full impact of what had happened and I was probably in denial. As I recall, he moved to Texas to live with his aunt and uncle.
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pameladessi - As I mentioned above, Gregís brotherís name was Steve, not Mark. Iím glad to hear that the after all these years, the tree planted in remembrance is still there. Being Steveís friend at the time, I was one of the students that helped plant the tree so long ago. The next time Iím in town, Iíll have to visit the tree in front of Pony Express, as well as the memorial fountain and plaque at Crossroads.
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Sep 25, 2012
 
Kerri wrote:
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Rebecca, I was there, too, and survived that crash, but my identical twin sister did not. We were almost 4 years old. There is a memorial built there in 2003. I spearheaded it. I still think the city used very poor judgement putting the police/fire headquarters there. At least with the memorial - it won't be forgotten. My daughter, Kristin, drew the angels for the plaque/ she was four at the time.
This year will be the 40th anniversary. One good thing that came out of something so horrific is the Fire Fighters Burn Institute- the living
memorial. They built the UC Davis Burn Center.
Keri im so sorry for your loss. my dad and I went to see the memorial today its a great way to remember all the lives that were taken that day.
I wish they would move the airport before another disaster haappens.
I agree with you about the Police building its ugly and it sticks out like a sore thumb they shouldve built something to honor of the people that died
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Jan 21, 2013
 
Thank you Kerri. So sorry for your loss~
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Feb 12, 2013
 
The events of Sept. 24th, 1972 The Farrell's Ice Cream parlor crash is something that will remain with me forever. I was a member of the youth football team The Sacramento 49ers,I was 11 years old, some of my teammates and parents were killed and injured in the crash. The Martin family that were there all perished except for the eldest son that was still wearing his football pads and uniform, he was my teammate. The Martin family and my family were actually newly acquainted, since this was the first year that the Sacramento 49ers were formed. The Martin family had actually invited our family to go to the parlor that day but due to monetary constraints my father opted to not take us, my sister and I were very disappointed in not being able to go eat ice cream with our new friends. It has been over 40 years now and I just wanted to reflect on the simple ironies of that day, thank you for reading.

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