A Quest to Memorialize 1948 'Deportee' Plane Crash

"Sixty-five years ago, a plane full of Mexican deportees crashed in the hills near Coalinga. At the time, the disaster grabbed national headlines, and even inspired a song by Woody Guthrie. The song has since been covered by many artists, but the event itself has faded into the mists of Central...

Names Emerge from Shadows of 1948 'Plane Wreck at Los Gatos' Crash

On Jan. 28, 1948, a plane chartered by U.S. Immigration Services left Oakland carrying 32 people, including 28 Mexicans. Many were part of the bracero program and had finished their government-sponsored work contracts. A ride home was part of the deal. Others had entered the country illegally. Over farms...