Sault Au Cochon, QB Airliner Crash, Sept 1949
Ten men, six women, and three children made up the passenger complement of the plane. The crew of four -- three officers and the stewardess -- died with them.
Pieces of the shattered aircraft were strewn about the ground and hanging in branches of trees. Most of the bodies were jammed in mangled disorder in a front section of the plane.
The plane was on a regular flight operated by Quebec Airways, subsidiary of Canadian Pacific airlines.
The plane appeared in some kind of trouble before it crashed. It suddenly turned north, inland, and ran dead on into the rugged bluff.
Three of the passengers killed were American industralists flying into the northeastern Quebec area where deposits of titanium ore have been discovered.
Two others, connected with the Quebec North Shore paper company, were from St. Catharines, Ont.
The two-way investigation was headed by the CPA president, G.W.C. McCONACHIE and by the transport department's three-man board of inquiry.
The federal board includes H.F. HILCHIE, chairman, J. P. FOURNIER, Quebec district inspector of air regulations and GEORGE LACE, technical adviser.
"Early inquiries by line officials," CPAS said in a prepared statement, "reveal no explanation of the accident although the possibility of an explosion in the luggage is not ruled out."
"The rear end of the plane, it was said, was fairly well intact. All controls at the tail end were believed to be intact as well."
The statement said Quebec airways had flown 50,000,000 on this route without accident.
MR. McCONACHIE said reports reaching him indicated the aircraft was not overloaded and that weather conditions were good. Eyewitnesses reported it was partly cloudy at the time.
Captain PIERRE LAURIN of Quebec, 30-year-old pilot of the plane, was a veteran of the R.C.A.F. transport command. He took part in 20 bomber raids over Europe, Asia and Africa.
Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1949-09-10
According to www.aerospaceweb.org.:
A Canadian Pacific Douglas DC-3 left Montreal, Canada, for a suburb of Quebec City. The plane was then to continue to Baie-Comeau. Shortly after takeoff on the second leg of the journey, however, the aircraft disintegrated in flight killing all 23 aboard (19 passengers, 4 crew). The disaster was caused by a dynamite bomb that had been placed in the forward baggage compartment by ALBERT GUAY. His wife, RITA MOREL, had boarded the plane at Quebec City. The marriage was troubled and GUAY had taken a mistress. Since divorce laws in Quebec were very strict at the time, GUAY plotted to kill his wife and collect $15,000 in life insurance. GUAY assembled the bomb with help from GENEREUX RUEST, a clockmaker who constructed the timing mechanism. Another accomplice was RUEST'S sister, MARGUERITE PITRE, who air expressed the device on the DC-3. All three conspirators were hanged for the crime.