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Pomona Boys Die in Crash of Stolen Plane

June 3, 2010 |  7:08 am

June 3, 1960, Plane Crash

June 2, 1960, Plane Crash

June 3, 1960: James A. McDonald, 14, and his 12-year-old brother, Thomas, of Pomona took their dog and ran away from home, determined to steal a plane – destination unknown. Several months before, someone had caught them hot-wiring a plane at Cable Airport in Upland, but on this night they were successful in starting a Piper  Tri-Pacer owned by a construction company.  About 10 minutes after taking off, the plane crashed in a recreation yard at Emerson Junior High at Lincoln and Towne avenues in Pomona, killing the boys and their dog. They were "typical youngsters, no more interested in flying that others," their mother, Katy, said.

June 3, 1960, Plane Crash