September 24 marks a dark day for Sacramento. It was 50 years ago that 22 people died — 12 of them children — when a jet taking off from Sacramento Executive Airport overran the runway and slammed into Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour.
Witness accounts indicate about 100 people were inside the popular eatery when the inexperienced pilot who had participated in the Golden West Sport Aviation Show changed their lives forever. Twenty-five people were injured, many with serious burns.
Margie Smith, who lived nearby with her husband and three young children remembers that Sunday like it was yesterday.
“Our neighbor’s daughter told us about the crash. But that’s all we knew,” she recalled. “It wasn’t until the next morning that we learned how close to home it hit.”