Sept. 25, 1957
John and Beatrice Stone had been warned that their home at 16433 Chase St.
would be condemned by 1959 for expansion of Van Nuys Airport. Although
most of the houses had already been cleared away, the Stones’ home was
destroyed in the crash of a T-33 jet
that killed two IBM typewriter salesmen flying with the Air National
While John was away at work, daughter Jan, 19, was visiting San Francisco
and son Clint, 17, was attending classes at Valley Junior College,
Beatrice was wearing a bathing suit and talking on the phone when the
plane sheared off a utility pole, hit some trees and crashed through
the roof. Beatrice, 42, suffered a cut knee but was otherwise unhurt.
The crash killed Capt. Joseph C. Bryant, 28, 941-E W. Huntington, Arcadia, and Lt. Edison B. Gaston, 32, 2423 Patricia Ave.
In 1958, the Stones received $31,457 ($217,565.96 USD 2006) from the state Board of Control for the destruction of their home.