A ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of an airplane crash into a south Sacramento ice cream parlor that killed 22 people is scheduled Sunday.

The joyous celebration of a children's birthday party ended in screams of terror yesterday afternoon when a F86 Sabre jet slammed into Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant on Freeport Boulevard, killing 22 persons, including one family of four and nine members of a second family.
“I wonder where Mama is,” said 12-year-old Christi Kiehn last night, waiting near the emergency room of the county hospital where her injuries had been treated.
“I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” cried Richard Bingham, the 36-year-old pilot whose reconstructed gold, blue and white Korean War F-86 Sabrejet had just plunged into Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant.
“There goes another siren,” my wife said just as we finished Sunday dinner. “I don’t want to know about it,” I said, only half in jest. “I don’t need to cover another airplane crash.”
Don McClusky’s four-to-midnight shift at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant lasted only 40 minutes yesterday. It ended amid flames, smoke, flying debris and the cries of injured and dying men, women and children.
“There are going to be empty desks in school tomorrow . . .”
Warren Krier would have been 32 yesterday – but his family decided to celebrate Sunday. At Farrell’s.
The probable cause of the fiery crash of a jet fighter into Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant last fall, killing 22 persons, was “inadequate pilot proficiency in the aircraft.”
On a lovely Sunday afternoon in September 1972, a bunch of kids from the Sacramento 49ers youth football team were celebrating a dad's birthday party at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor on Freeport Boulevard when their world came to an end.
Observers at the annual Executive Airport air show that day in 1972 said they knew the old war jet on runway 12-30 wasn't going to make it.

On Sept. 24, 1972, an old war jet failed on takeoff from Sacramento's Executive Airport during an air show. It crashed into Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor on Freeport Boulevard, killing 22 people. Here are the stories as they were published in The Sacramento Bee the following day, plus related follow-up articles.

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