Transcribed from Eugene Register-Guard, Eugene, OR, June 17, 1971, p. 3A:

Airliner cockpit hit in collision



Federal investigators say the tail and right wing of a Marine F4 Phantom jet fighter slashed through the cockpit and front of the passenger section of a Hughes Air West DC9 jetliner in a crash near Los Angeles in which 50 persons died.

But, said George Baker, who heads the National Transportation Safety Board investigation, “I’m not saying who hit who, only that those areas were apparently the ones that impacted together.”

The sole survivor of the June 6 crash, Marine 1st Lt. Christopher Scheiss, the Phantom’s radar intercept officer, has said “the airliner hit us.”