Ville Jacques Cartier, QB Jet Fighter Crashes Into Homes, Aug 1953


Ville Jacques Cartier, Que. (AP) -- A Canadian Air Force jet fighter crashed into two homes here Tuesday night, killing five children and two women in the houses and the two airmen in the plane.
The charred bodies were taken to the morgue in Montreal, just across the St. Lawrence River from here. The civilians were identified as MRS. MARCEL BOURASSA, 30; her two children, MICHEL, 6, and GINETTE, 2, and her mother, MRS. EMILIEN FOURNIER, 57. They were in MRS. FOURNIER'S house, PIERRE, COLETTE and NORMAND LAVOIE -- 5 years, 4 years and two months old, respectively.
They were the children of MR. and MRS. OMER LAVOIE, residents of the other house which the plane hit.
The Air Force withheld the names of the plane's pilot and copilot until relatives were notified.
MRS. FOURNIER'S husband, EMILIEN, and their two other daughters, SIMONE, 22, and DENISE, 18, were treated at a Montreal hospital for shock. They were not in the house at the time.
MRS. BOURASSA and her children had arrived to visit her mother only a few minutes before the crash.
Witnesses said the pilot of the plane, a CF100N all-weather fighter, tried to clear the two houses but could not reach an open field beyond.
Flames roared through the two houses and trapped the occupants inside. Crash equipment and fire-fighting equipment was rushed to the scene but the two houses were leveled within minutes.
The plane was on a routine flight from its base 10 miles east of Montreal. The RCAF set up a board to investigate the crash.
More than 100 Air Force police were pressed into duty to help local police held back a crowd of 5000 that rushed to the scene. At one point the Air Force men used streams of water and fired blanks into the air to restrain the crowds.
Local police, saying they acted on Air Force orders, seized several newspaper photographers' cameras and took one man into custody briefly.
Air Vice Marshal A. L. JAMES said the spectators interfered with the fire-fighters and attempted to remove parts of the shattered aircraft.

Long Beach Press Telegram California 1953-08-12