Fatal air crash at Concord field
One person and possibly two were killed today when a light plane crashed and burned near Buchanan Field in Concord.
Authorities tentative-identified one victim as Keith Griffith of Concord. Their efforts were hampered by the fact that the occupants were trapped in the aircraft and burned beyond recognition.
Fire Department rescue teams were called to extract the remains.
No flight plan had been filed for the plane, believed to be a single-engine Piper Tri-Pacer. An air traffic controller at Buchanan said initial reports indicated the plane nosedived into the ground just off the north west edge of the field.
The control tower was not open when the accident occured shortly after 6 a.m. There was a 500-foot ceiling with three miles of visibility and fog at the time.
The San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, California)
19 Dec 1973, Wed