Orway Station, QB Airliner Crash, Jan 1956
AIRLINER CRASHES, FOUR KILLED.
Quebec City, Jan. 17 -- (UP) -- A twin-engined airliner bound from Knob Lake to Seven Islands crashed in flames in the Quebec wilderness early today, killing four of the 14 persons aboard.
A spokesman for Quebecair, a small airline that operates between Quebec City and points on both shores of the St. Lawrence River, said three other persons were injured.
The pilot radioed shortly after midnight that one of his DC-3's engines had caught fire. He said he was trying to make an emergency landing in the snow-covered bush near Orway Lake, about midway between Knob Lake and Seven Islands.
The pilot gunned the one good engine in an effort to stay airporne and dropped several flares in a bid to spot a suitable place to land. But he was unable to find a level, unobstructed field in the sparsely-settled area.
The plane quickly lost altitude and, as it neared the ground, the pilot was able only to keep it on an even keel before it crashed in the snow.
Air Force search and rescue headquarters at Halifax, N.S., sent a ground party to the area from Orway Lake, about a mile from where the plane went down. The ground party planned to take the bodies to the small community until it was decided where to send them.
Fatally Injured were:
Captain GERARD BELANGER, 33, Pilot.
Stewardess DENISE JOBIDON.
Passenger JOSEPH DOMINQUE.
Record Eagle Traverse City Michigan 1956-01-18