September 1972: Plane crashes in Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor


Twenty-two people died when an old war jet failed to take off from runway 12-30 at Executive Aiport during an air show and crashed into Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor at 4:25 p.m. on September 24, 1972. Twelve of the victims were children. Nine members of one family died. Two victims were a husband and wife in their car on Freeport Boulevard when the car ricocheted off the berm next to Freeport Boulevard at 150 miles per hour and hurtled at eye level across the street. A 23rd person was hit and killed by a car minutes later as she ran toward the ice cream parlor, thinking — wrongly — that her grandchildren were inside. Farrell’s never reopened. In 2002, City Hall agreed to build a memorial at the site.

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