15 Images

Grand Canyon Crash

Beth Ellis Davis, TWA stewardess. She served three years to the day with the airline before her death in the Grand Canyon collision. (Trans World Airlines)
Beth Ellis Davis and her sister, Jayne Szaz, visit their parents in 1950 in Richfield Springs, New York during their winter break from college. (Geneva Davis)
Colorado climber Fred Welch traverses a ledge in an early attempt to reach the United DC-7 on Chuar Butte. Investigators later realized they could land a helicopter on a shoulder near the crash scene, eliminating the need to climb the vertical cliff to reach the wreckage. (Raymond Batson and L. David Lewis)
Colorado climbers Raymond Batson and David Lewis threw a neoprene glove into a portion of the DC-7 crash site to provide perspective to the tangled wreckage, which includes the bent yoke for the aircraft’s nose wheel, upper right, and a river of melted aluminum. (Raymond Batson and L. David Lewis)
Climbers peer down at the charred remains of United Flight 718, which burned so hot after crashing into the side of Chuar Butte that the aircraft’s engines were incinerated. (Raymond Batson and L. David Lewis)
Swiss climbers, brought in by United Airlines to assist with recovery efforts, rig a tramway over a crevasse to reach human remains and airplane parts that tumbled down from the shoulder on Chuar Butte where the DC-7 hit. ()
National Guardsmen, United Airlines employees and Colorado climbers prepare dinner at a base camp for recovery efforts near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. (Raymond Batson and L. David Lewis)
American and Swiss climbers (in the red pants), and United Airlines employees, pose for a group photo after recovery efforts were complete in early July, 1956. (Raymond Batson and L. David Lewis)
Chuck Pavlik with the Colorado Mountain Club, descends a redwall limestone cliff after attempting to reach the United DC-7 on Chuar Butte. (Raymond Batson and L. David Lewis)
Climbers prepare human remains for transport to a temporary morgue at Red Butte Airport, a tiny airfield near the Grand Canyon where some recovery operations were staged. (Raymond Batson and L. David Lewis)
Andrew Nasalroad, Sr. who died in the Grand Canyon crash. (Randi Lynn Beach)
Jerry Nasalroad, left, 58, and brother Andrew Nasalroad, 55, of Mohavey Valley, Arz.. Their father Andrew Nasalroad, Sr. died in a plane crash over the Grand Canyon nearly 50 years ago, on June 30, 1956. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Andrew Nasalroad holds an old Los Angeles Times. The paper contains the story of his father’s death. (Francine Orr / LAT)
This copy of a photo taken between 1954 and 1956 shows Dr. James J. Jang, left, Jon Jang, 1, middle, and his brother Dana Jang, 7. James Jang died on the TWA flight bound for Kansas City on business trip. (Randi Lynn Beach / For The Times)
Jon Jang, the baby from the previous photo, is now a pianist and composer, in San Francisco, Calif. (Randi Lynn Beach / For The Times)