Issoudun, QB Jetliner Crashes, Aug 1957



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.



Lucy baikie

My cousin's daughters in the UK are trying to compile a family tree. Lucy Baikie was my mother's half sister. She visited all of us on her trip back to Nottingham in 1957. I was 12 at the time and remember the visit. My mother received a letter from her daughter, Mary shortly after the crash and we still have this letter, but I cannot read all the address.We would love to contact any relatives, hoping to expand the tree and discover more family history. My mother, Edna Wheatley (nee Peet) migrated with her husband and children to Australia in late 1957 and is still living there in a suburb of Sydney.

Aunt and cousin

My aunt Mrs Joyce Brown and her daughter Elaine Ruth Brown were on board. They had been visiting Joyce's family and that of her husband John Pagett Brown, in Sunderland, for the first time since Elaine's birth in Hamilton, Ontario. John had stayed behind in Hamilton and had been decorating the nursery at home ready for their return. Like others, he was waiting at the airport for the plane to arrive. In 1995, with my mother (John's younger sister), I was able to visit and lay flowers at the memorial in Toronto.

Re letter of June 9th, 2010

Were your ancestors from Gartnanane ??? May I ask

My grandmother is a Burns

My grandmother is a Burns and it was her father, brother and uncle that were on this flight. This flight still remains a mystery and we are still researching to find out more about this tragedy. Have you discovered any new information?

Canadian Air Disaster 1957

I remember the visit to Nottingham by Lucy Baikie. She was my mother's (Edna Wheatley nee Peet) half sister as they shared the same father. Mum was a daughter of Joseph Peet's second marriage. Lucy was about 30 years older than Mum. She gave me a leather brooch with two beaded moccasins handing from a bar beaded with the word Canada. We left England in December that year to make a new life in Australia. Mum is now 86 and living in a retirement village about half an hour from me. I am married to a man of Croatian origin whom I met in the migrant hostel. One of my daughters is now married to a Canadian whom she met when they were both working as entertainers on board ship and they live in a small unit next to our home in an outer suburb of Sydney. I would welcome any contact desired or any further information about family history.

Issudun 1957

My grandfather's brother, James Pinkney, was on the flight. I was 14 and lived in England. Uncle Jim, who had emmigrated to Canada before WW1, had just paid his first visit to England to visit his brother. I remember hearing about the crash on the Monday morning. I still have the British newspaper with the report of the crash.

Albert Kersley

Also my Great Grandfather, could you please contact me.

I would be your cousin, from Aunt Norah. Assuming Peter was your grandfather.

My Grandfather - Mitchell's Great Grandfather

Thanks so much for that story Mitchell. I was 5 yrs old when my grandfather and grandmother - Albert and Jessie Kersley were killed. I still remember that day when my mother - Norah and my Aunt Phil received the news of their parents accident. I did not know or did not remember that they found Grandpa's ring and I am so glad it is being still used today. Please feel free to write or ask any questions you have about your great-grandfather Mitchell.
Thank you again for your story. Gordon Tomlinson
P.S. Did you notice the third last name on the list of the deceased in this story!!! A little spooky for me....

My mother was on that flight

My mother was on that flight no it is still a mystery have been looking for answers for many years now still nothing.

My great grandfather

My great grandfather and grandmother were among the perished on the flight; Albert Kersley, my great grandfather was visiting Surrey from Toronto. I gather that in the wreckage all that was found of my great Grandfather was his wedding ring. The ring was recovered and passed to my grandfather. When the crash occured my father was yet to be born. My grandfather kept the ring and handed it down to my father once he had reached his late teens. My father kept the ring until a few days a go, when he passed it down to myself. The ring now, which I am currently wearing is still in good condition and am really proud to be wearing as a Kersley. The history behind the ring will never be forgotten and will be passed down through generations in the future to come.