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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 15, 2010

NBA: Iowa town remembers “The Lucky Lakers”

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — Monday marks the 50th anniversary of a flight that crash landed in a cornfield in Iowa with the Minneapolis Lakers basketball team onboard.

The team was flying from St. Louis to Minneapolis on Jan. 18, 1960, when the plane’s generators failed, knocking outs its radio and lights.
The DC-3 ended up near Carroll in western Iowa.
The plane circled the small town several times. As the plane’s windshield iced over, its pilots stuck their heads outside to see where they were.
Co-pilot Harold Gifford, now 86, says all he could see were the last two L’s on the town’s water tower and the words “Seniors ’59.”
None of the passengers were harmed. The team moved to Los Angeles months later.
On Monday, the town will remember the landing with a reception and unveiling of a historic marker.