Issoudun, QB Jetliner Crashes, Aug 1957

WORST AIR CRASH KILLS 79.

LIGHTNING POSSIBLE CAUSE.

Issoudun, Que. (CP) -- Seventy-nine persons died Sunday in Canada's worst plane crash when a big DC-4 dug deep into a swamp and tore apart, leaving flame-singed wreckage scattered over a wide area near this community 15 miles southwest of Quebec.
While available evidence pointed to lightning as one possible cause of the mid-afternoon tragedy, investigators set about an inquiry. The crash eclipsed the TCA accident last December when 62 persons died against a peak in B.C.
There was no official word available on what might have doomed the Maritime Central Airways plane, inbound for Torondo from London. Aboard were homing vacationers, including many former British servicemen. The plane had been chartered by an Ontario veterans association and was on course.
All but two of the passengers -- a Charlottetown father and his five-year-old son -- were from Ontario.
The aircraft was piloted by NORMAN RAMSAY of Montreal who had been with MCA two years.
The 37 year old pilot's licence was suspended for six months late in 1954 after a transport department board of inquiry blamed him for "negligence" in the crash of a TCA Super-Constellation near Brampton, Ont.
However, MCA described him as a 'good, well trained pilot.'
Wreckage of the plane is slowly sinking into water-soaked muskeg, deputy transport minister J. A. BALDWIN said in Ottawa.
He said a major pumping operation may be necessary to reach the wreckage for use in an investigation launched by the department. Craters containing plane sections were filling with water.
MR. BALDWIN said orders have gone to Quebec district officials to do whatever is necessary to bring out the wreckage, regardless of expense.
The worst commercial air accident in world history occurred June 30, 1956. A trans-World Airliner and United Airlines plane collided over the Grand Canyon and all 128 persons aboard the two craft were killed.
Eighty persons died in March 1950, as a chartered plane carrying soccer fans from a match in Dublin crashed at Cardiff, Wales.
The highest toll in any air disaster occurred near Tokyo June 18, 1953, when 129 homebound U.S. servicemen died in the crash of a U.S. Air Force plane.
Farmer ALFRED MARTEL, on whose land the plane crashed, saw and heard nothing. But his son, JEAN-GUY, 12, and hired man FERDINAND OLIVIER, 31, were in a field on a tractor and reported watching the stricken aircraft plunge "straight down." Their vehicle's roar drowned out the impact.

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Aunt and cousin

Hi Jacqueline, I don't know if you have seen my entry on this website but Joyce was also my Aunt and Elaine my cousin. I am hoping to bring my mum over to Canada next year (2015) and would really love to meet you and any family that are there and also to visit the memorial. My mum is 86 so I'm not sure that she will be able to travel but hopefully she will be okay. I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes,

Julie

Grandfather and Uncle

My grandfather and my Uncle Mike, 14 were on this flight. Honestly my mother never really recovered fully. She was at the airport to meet them with her 3 week old daughter and the shock was immense. Their names are misspelled on both this site and on the Memorial in Issoudun. Their names are Gordon Thomlinson and Michael Thomlinson.

Issoudun Air Disaster

I too am a decendent of the Burns men who perished in this disaster.
I recently was given my grandfathers masonic ring which he was wearing at the time 57 years ago.
Would like to know where the ring has been and any other information that could glean some additional information.

Bill Norris

Issoudun Air Disaster

I too am a decendent of the Burns men who perished in this disaster.
I recently was given my grandfathers masonic ring which he was wearing at the time 57 years ago.
Would like to know where the ring has been and any other information that could glean some additional information.

Bill Norris

My Grandmother Annie Watts

My Grandmother Annie Watts was on the flight - she is listed as 'Mr.' Annie Watts. I would like to track down her relatives in Manchester that she was visiting but I have lost her maiden name and have no idea how to reach back that far. I don't imagine that anyone will know anything about that - but if anyone does - please email me: [email protected]

Aunt and Cousin

Joyce was my mum's sister (see my entry 19th June 2013). She and the rest of the family lost all touch with John's family since that tragic day. It would be great to hear from you and find out about your family as I never met my auntie or my cousin and don't know much about John. We would also like to visit the memorial one day.

Wedding ring for Mrs. W. Burns

I have in my possession a wedding ring that would have belong to Mrs. W. Burns. I would really like to give it back to her or her descendant. Please contact me, and I will send it to you.

Thank you
Catherine

wedding Ring

i'm in possession of a wedding ring that belong to a Mrs. W. Burns would it be your grandmother. There is a date engraved inside, 13 may 1950.
Please contact me if this belong to your familly and I will send it to you.
Thank you
Catherine

My auntie and her baby were

My auntie and her baby were on this flight. 'Mrs Joyce Brown and Elaine Brown, infant'. They were visiting family, my auntie having emigrated to Canada with her new husband a couple of years before. My auntie had been staying with her mum and sisters (including my mum) for a few weeks so they could all meet her baby. This happened before I was born and I can only imagine the pain and devastation it must have caused to all the families of those killed. My mum often still talks about her sister and her beautiful niece but what makes it worse is that they were never informed of any details regarding the crash and never had the chance to visit the area or the memorial. My mum is 85 now but would still love to travel to Canada and see where it all happened but cannot afford to. I would appreciate it if anyone has any information on the investigation or details about the memorial.

Hi Stuart, I've just read

Hi Stuart,

I've just read your post and hope that you will be able to read this even though it is some years after you posted it. your mother was my aunt making us cousins, her brother Bernard was my dad, he sadly passed away 2 years ago. I met your sister Jocelyn when she came over to visit all the family in Hersham, I'm sorry to hear from my mum that she too has passed away now, seems all the good die young.

I am coming over to the States and Canada on a big motorcycle tour with a friend this August for 2 months (2013) if you do get to read this it would be great to speak to meet you, we are planning on visiting Vancover so it would depend on how far away from there you were as we have a limited schedual to get back down to LA to return home to Spain.

Hope you get to see this cousin.

Mark