Gaspe, QB (near) Airliner Crashes, July 1948
29 KILLED IN GASPE CRASH.
RIMOUSKI AIRLINES DAKOTA HITS HEADLAND IN CANADA'S WORST AIR DISASTER.
(By The Canadian Press)
Gaspe, Que., July 26. -- Twenty-nine persons died Saturday night when a chartered Rimouski Airlines Dakota crashed into fog-bound Cape Ami headland in the worst air disaster of Canada's aviation history.
LEON BLONDEAU, district inspector of air regulations at Montreal, today opened a preliminary investigation at the scene where only the gutted fuselage and one wing and a door remained of the two-engined plane.
Most of the bodies were unidentifiable when ground parties climbed the steep headland to drag them on lumber sleds to Gaspe parish hall where district coroner DR. RIOUX will hold an inquest today.
The airliner was making an approach run to Gaspe airport, 12 miles west, when it piled into the cape about 100 yards from the sea. Only one wing was found near the scene of the crash, leading to speculation that the other might have dropped off while the plane was over the sea.
Most of the passengers were reported to be lumberjacks -- employees of the Consolidated Paper Corp., Ltd., which chartered the plane to fly the men from Anticosti Island to the railhead at Gaspe.
Also aboard, however, were two married couples -- MR. and MRS. EMMETT P. MALONEY of Montreal and MR. and MRS. BERTH McCALLUM of Sandy Beach, Que., with their baby. The crew consisted of Pilot EMERSON MILLS of Rimouski, Que., and Co-pilot ROSS MILES of Les Boules, Que.
MR. MALONEY was a prominent Montreal lawyer and his wife was the former ODETTE OUELLET, daughter of WILFRID OUELLET, vice-president of Rimouski Airlines. MRS. MALONEY'S mother and a second daughter had planned to make the flight but changed their minds at the last minute.
When the plane failed to reach the airfield, the airport control tower asked the R.C.A.F. search and rescue division to start a search. The airliner went down about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
An airlines employee who visited the scene said the crumpled fuselage, a wing and an emergency door were all that was left of the plane.
The Lethbridge Herald Alberta 1948-07-26
Listing of the Casualties:
Capt. EMERSON MILLS of Rimouski, pilot.
ROSS MILES of Les Boules, Que., co-pilot.
GERMAIN JEAN, Coteau Road, N.B.
ELLE GODIN, Pocketville, N.B.
CAMILLE FURGESSON, Cap L'Espoir.
JEAN LAFLAMME, Coin du Bane.
LAWRENCE TRAVERS, Newport Island.
MATHIAS COTE, Riviere-au-Renard.
HENRI TARDIF, St. Leonard, N.B.
ROLLAND DENIS, St. Jean-de-Dieu.
ALPHONSE VEER, Quebec City.
RENE BLAIS, St. Anselme de Dorchester.
ALFRED DESJARDINS, Flegas, N.B.
RODOLPHE GENDREAU, Coin du Banc.
HUGHES PROUIX, Coin du Banc.
JAMES TRAVERS, Newport Island.
GERARD DESPRES, Riviere-au-Renard.
HARRIS GLEETON, Cap-des-Rosters.
EDDY BOUCHARD, Riviere-au-Renard.
ROGER GENDREAU, Coin du Banc.
JULIEN FYNOTT, Anse-au-Griffon.
MR. and MRS. BERTH McCALLUM, and son, Sandy Beach.
JOSEPH GAUVIN, Bagotville.
ROMUALD DUFRESNE, Riviere-au-Renard.
CLARIMOND FOURNIER, Bonnaventure.
MR. and MRS. EMMETT MALONEY, Montreal.