Sault Au Cochon, QB Airliner Crash, Sept 1949

Wreckage Of The Aircraft Involved In The Sabotage Explosion Of Aircraft

21 FEARED DEAD IN PLANE CRASH.

Montreal, Sept. 9. (CP) -- Canadian Pacific Air lines said Friday one of its DC-3 planes crashed 40 miles from Quebec with 17 passengers and four crew members aboard, and so far as is known none survived.
The plane was on a regular flight. It left Montreal at 7 a.m. (CDT) made its regular stop at Quebec and continued on for Baie Comeau.
Officials estimated the crash occurred about 9:45 a.m. (CDT).
"The wreckage has been found and rescue operations are in full swing," an official said.
C.P.A. officials here said they had only a partial list of passengers aboard the plane. Some had boarded the plane at Montreal while others went aboard at Quebec.
Crew of the plane was given as:
Capt. PERRIERE LAURIN, pilot.
First Officer GORDON ALEXANDER, co-pilot.
Flight Engineer EMILE THERRIEN.
Stewardess GERTRUDE McKAY.
All crew members lived in Montreal except MISS McKAY who came here from Edmonton.
The plane is believed to have crashed in a heavily wooded section of the north shore of the St. Lawrence river.
Reports from Quebec said the plane went down about 1,000 yards from the Canadian National railways line between Quebec and La Malbaie.
The flight distance from Quebec to Baie Comeau, terminus of the flight is about 250 miles.
Canadian Pacific Air lines issued a tentative list of the 17 passengers believed aboard their crashed DC-3 airliner.
Pending further check, the list lacked home towns in most instances and initials or first names in others.
The list:
On at Montreal:
MR. DANSTANNARD.
L. D'ALLAIRE.
MR. CALMAN.
MRS. FERLOFE.
MR. BOUCHARD.
MRS. BOUCHARD.
R. J. PARKER.
MR. STORKE.
MR. KELLER.
C. HUMPHRIES.
On at Quebec:
MR. H. PIE, Sherbrooke, Que.
MRS. R. DURETTE.
MRS. A. GUAY.
MRS. R. CHAPADOS
Master CHAPADOS, a boy.
Infant CHAPADOS, a baby in arms.
The type of plane flown usually has a capacity of 26 passengers and is powered by two motors.

Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1949-09-09

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INQUIRY OPENS IN AIR CRASH.

Sault Au Cochon, QUE., Sept. 10. -- As rescue parties searched the wooded hillside for the bodies of 23 persons who died in the crash of a Canadian Pacific air lines plane Friday, aeronautics inspectors and CPA officials opened investigations into the tragedy.
CPA said Saturday prelimiinary investigation left undisclosed the cause of the accident but the "possibility of an explosion in the luggage is not ruled out."
The two-engine DC-3, flying on a Quebec airways route from Quebec to Baie Comeau, 250 miles down the St. Lawrence river, crashed shortly after taking off from Quebec Friday morning. Quebec airways is CPA subsidiary.
The unexplained accident took a strange assortment of lives -- important business men at the top of their careers, Quebec province family groups and two babes in arms.
At first it was reported the death toll was 21, because children in arms are not named on plane manifests. When their presence on the aircraft became known the published count of victims went up to 23.
The plane struck a rocky bluff that rises several hundred feet above the north shore of the St. Lawrence river about 40 miles east of Quebec City.

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Comments

Relative to Captain Pierre Laurin

My name is Christian Roy. I was born in 1945, Quebec City, that is to say 4 years before the tragedy.
I am a relative to Captain Pierre Laurin (second cousin) by my mother, Anne-Marie Parent.

tragedy over Sault-au-Cochon

Captain Pierre Laurin was from Quebec city and not from Montreal.

It was found out that Albert

It was found out that Albert Guay wanted to kill his wife in order to marry another woman (Marie-Ange Robitaille) and get his wife's life insurance policy (USD 10,000). An accomplice constructed a time bomb which was placed aboard DC-3 CF-CUA. Mrs Rita Morel Guay boarded the aircraft for a flight to Comeau Bay and was killed in the accident. Mr Guay and the accomplices all received the death penalty.