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Disaster on Mount Slesse: The Story of Western Canada's Worst Air Crash

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – June 2022
A gripping account of Western Canada's worst aviation disaster. Mount Slesse, a jagged 2,500-metre peak near Chilliwack BC known locally as 'The Fang' lived up to its evil reputation on December 9, 1956, when Trans Canada Airlines Flight 810 slammed into it, killing all 62 aboard. For five months nobody knew what happened. Flight 810 had just disappeared into the night. Adding to the sensation was the fact that the flight carried five professional football players fresh from the CFL All Star game in Vancouver and a mystery man by the name of Kwan Song who was rumoured to be carrying a sizeable fortune in cash. Finally on May 10, 1957, a diminutive female mountaineer named Elfrida Pigou discovered the gruesome crash site, setting off a stampede of macabre treasure hunters. It wasn't until May 25, 1995, that the BC government placed a protective zone around the debris field, declaring it a Heritage Wreck Site. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of this historic tragedy, Betty O'Keefe and Ian Macdonald have written a gripping, blow-by-blow account of western Canada's worst aviation disaster, carefully examining its context, causes and aftermath.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781894759212
ISBN-10: 1894759214
Pagini: 176
Ilustrații: b/w photos
Dimensiuni: 230 x 155 x 16 mm
Greutate: 0.26 kg
Editura: Harbour Publishing Co.
Colecția Caitlin Press (CA)

Cuprins

Introduction; A Spectacular-and Deadly-Landscape; The Storm of '56; An Ugly Football Game; The Flight 810 Crew; The North Star; Anxious from the Outset; The Flight; The Search Begins; Sixty Planes on the Search; Hope Dwindles; Ground Search; Snow Obliterates Everything; Crash Site Discovered; Paddy Sherman's Scoop; The Stark Impact Scene; McDonald's Inquest; A Hair-Raising Climb; "We Commit Their Bodies"; The Inquiry Board Report; What If?; TCA Builds a Monument; A Living Memorial; Preserving the Site; Major Philip Edwin Gower, MC; Archaeological Study; Vivian Clarke's Resting Place; Another Mountain Claims Elfrida Pigou.