James Daniel “Jimmy” Jensen

James Daniel “Jimmy” Jensen

Death 11 May 1969 (aged 5)
Chino Hills, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Covina, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Cherished Memory, Map 1BO, Lot 9743, Space 2
Memorial ID 109632543 View Source

Covina Family of Five Dies in Plane Crash

A Covina Family of five--on a Mother's Day outing to Lake Havasu--was killed Sunday (May 11, 1969) when their rented airplane crashed and exploded in an empty field after taking off from Chino Airport.

The dead were identified as Richard A. Jensen, 32, an engineer-technician at Los Angeles radio station KPOL; his wife Ruth, 35; and their sons Joseph, 11; John, 7; and James, 5, all of 660 Jalapa Drive, Covina, California.

The five, according to airport officials, apparently died instantly when their single-engine Cessna 172 (N78435) crashed into a field and exploded. The plane left the Chino Airport runway at 6:08 a.m. The accident occurred a mile from the airport, less than four minutes after takeoff. Two witnesses said they heard the airplane sputtering and saw the craft plunging straight down.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
May 12, 1969

Prior to living in Covina, California, the family resided at 745 N. Hyacinth Avenue in West Covina, California.

The baby of the family, Jimmy was five years old at the time of his death.


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