Very interesting article in the (Denver) Rocky Mountain News about United 629 that was bombed Nov. 1, 1955 enoute from Denver to Portland. The DC-6B exploded after 11 minutes in the air, killing 39 passengers and five crew members. The bomber was John G. Graham, who snuck dynamite into his mother's luggage to collect a large insurance settlement. Here's the lead:
The house shuddered.
It was a death rattle, announcing the bodies plunging from the night sky into the fields out beyond the barns and corral.
In the house, with the farm work done for the day, the Hopp family of five boys and two girls had finished supper when the explosion split the country quiet, shaking them to the quick. A ball of flame seared through the sky as if their frame house was its target.
"It went down behind the outbuildings, so I never saw it hit the ground," Conrad Hopp said, recalling the tragic night of Nov. 1, 1955. Hopp, now 68, was an eyewitness when United Airlines Flight 629, en route from Denver to Portland, exploded and crashed onto the sugar beet fields of southwestern Weld County.
The rest of the story is here: http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...cle/0,1299,DRMN_21_4156866,00.html
Included is an amazing photo of the aircraft tail, sitting upright in a field:
The crash is the subject of an upcoming book, "Mainliner Denver: The Bombing of Flight 629" by Andrew J. Field. Looks fascinating. May the victims continue to rest in peace.