Issoudun, QB Jetliner Crashes, Aug 1957

They forged a path to the spot about a half-mile away and found "parts of bodies scattered over about two acres of level, treeless, semi-muskeg."
"The immense crater where the plane struck had already filled with water," said the boy.
Neighboring farm hand GUY MICHAUD, 21, said he saw the plane flying low with all four of its propellers stalled.
"The next thing I knew there was a big explosion." Issoudun villagers told of hearing a "frightening blast" as the plane plunged into the swamp beside thick bushes.
It was last seen whining into the advance clouds of a vicious thunder storm.
Clothing, Passports and parts of bodies were strewn over acres of the swamp.
The body of an infant lay near the empty pilot's seat and a fragment of a navigation map. At another spot was a human arm.
No other bodies were immediately found.
The plane left Keflavik, Iceland early Sunday and checked in by radio at Moncton, N.B., Mont Joli, Que., and Quebec City.
Minutes after passing Quebec, it crashed.
An air force plane from Trenton, Ont., dropped three members of a para-rescue squad which, sent back the brief message:
"There are no survivors."
MCA officials here said they had "absolutely no idea of what caused the plane to crash."
The aircraft was one of three DC-4's used for overseas charter service. Regular MCA service is mostly in the maritime provinces.
Canon ALEXANDRE DeBLOIR, parish priest of Ste. Croix, about five miles from the crash scene, saw the plane fly into the storm. Later, he related, "the nuns who work in the presbytery said they had seen a plane flying very low."
"Seconds later there had been a frightening blast. But the nuns did not think it was the plane. They thought it was a highway crash."
Farmer EVARISTE CHAREST said he heard a sound "like tin banging against trees" then a loud explosion.
The main part of the plane was pitched into the bush 500 feet ahead of the motors. Clothing and equipment hung in trees.
Police believed several bodies might have been thrown into the bush but postponed a search until today.
A team of inspectors from the federal transport department's district office in Montreal has left Montreal to investigate the crash.
The afternoon storm poured several inches of rain into the swamp. Searchers worked ankle deep in water and mud.
One twisted propeller was found a quarter-mile away.
The first to report from the crash scene were the three RCAF parachutists -- Sgts. JACK CLYDON, DON NIVANS and AL SMITH, all of Trenton.
"Everything seems to have been blown to bits -- the plane everyone aboard and every piece of clothing," reported CBC photographer FRANCOIS DUSSAULT.
The plane carried 41 women, 29 men and three children -- an infant girl and two boys.
ALAN LOVE and his son PETER, 5, of Charlottetown, were talked into taking the flight by relatives in England. They had believed it would stop at Gander and planned to transfer there to another plane. The DC-4 didn't stop and the LOVES died in the wreck.
The two stewardesses -- ANNE-MARIE HARVEY, 23 and CHARLOTTE LeBLANC, 28, both of Moncton -- had joined Maritime Central only three months ago.
The illness of her husband probably saved the life of MRS. HILDA ASHTON of Toronto.
First reports had included her name in the passenger list. But a check of her home disclosed she had flown home late last month after attending a family reunion in Sittingbourne, Kent, because her husband had been taken to hospital with a serious lung condition.
In Toronto Maritime Central Airways issued Sunday night a statement over the signature of F. T. BRIGGS, its president, which said:
"Maritime Central Airways announces with deepest regret that ground parties have re reached the scene of the crash of their DC-4 aircraft and report that there are no survivors."
"Sincerest sympathy is extended to the next of kin of passengers and crew."
"The superintendent of maintenance and engineering MR. JOHN GALLE, together with Managing Director C. F. BURKE and chief pilot Capt. G. GODFREY of the company are arriving in Quebec city tonight to investigate the crash in an effort to establish the cause."

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Grandfather and Uncle

My grandfather and young uncle were on this flight. Their name is mis-spelled in the passenger list. The name should be Gordon Thomlinson and Michael Thomlinson. My parents were waiting at Toronto airport for the flight and remember the horror and shock of being told, "the flight has crashed and there are no survivors" and then the airline people walked away. My Uncle Mike was only 14 years old and very close to my Mum. My sister was only 3 weeks old at the time and they were coming home to see the new baby.

My grandparents were on this flight

I just came across this webpage while doing research on my grandparents, Henry and Kate Goodwin. I was only three months old at the time when they died aboard this flight. Does anyone have any additional information on the public inquiry that investigated this flight? The crash seems to be a mystery according to newspaper accounts.

Thank you.

Issoudun air disaser

Is there any way of contacting relatives of the 1957 disaster. We have desperatley been trying to track down the sons (or grandchildren) of Lillian House who was a passenger ? After the disaster we recieved a letter from one of the sons however over time this has been lost and contact broken. If contact is possible we would be very very grateful.

My ancestors were on this flight

My ancestors were on this flight - the BURNS family visiting Ireland. My father remembers them coming to visit and the horror which the family experienced when they heard that all the men were dead. I am still researching this, however my father said that the Belfast Telegraph in Northern Ireland had a special salmon coloured cover paper which showed passport photographs and information of those who had taken the flight. If I find anything I will send out details.

Issoudin 1957

I saw your message of 27 September 2008 about your grandmother Lucy Baikie. I believe she visited my grandmother, Evelyn King, in Nottingham before her untimely death on her return to Canada. I met her on that visit. I have been researching my family history. I'm not sure if Lucy was my grandmother's cousin, but she was always referred to as 'Cousin Lucy who went to Canada.

Issodun Air Crash

Hello Sonia; I saw your post from August 1 and wondered if I might help you with your clients.
I don't have too much knowledge of the actual air crash, but do know where the memorial cemetary cairn is erected in Toronto. Feel free to contact me at the briarpatch1@hotmail.com email address if you think I might be able to help....
Regards, Stu

I am a home support worker.

I am a home support worker. I look after a client who lost her mother and father in a a plane crash. Issodon, Quebec. She is now 89 years old. She has not yet come to terms with her parent's death. I'm trying to help her. Can you help me with some info?

Thank you

Sonia

issoudun 1957

My Grandfather's cousin Lillian was a passenger. She had come home to England to introduce her fiance "Al" to her family. My Father remembers talking to her at the family party the night before she was due to return to Canada. The whole family were deeply shocked by the tragedy. One of Lilian's sons wrote to her sister after the tragedy stating that his mothers deepest wish had been to return home to England to see her family. Her memory lives on in those that remember her, and in younger generations for years to come. My deepest condolences to all of you that lost loved ones on that fateful day.

thank you

Stuart -- Accept my condolences .. for your loss in this tragedy .. I really like your last statement .. very true and very heartfelt ..
Thanks for the sharing and I know many many feel as you do about the Buffalo disaster .. I know I do .
Stu Beitler

Mrs. Joyce Brown - passenger

My mother, Joyce Brown (nee Fisher) was on the fated flight.
I was 5 years old when the crash occured, and I remember driving from Pickering to Malton Airport with my father and my older sister to meet the flight and welcome back my mother.
Joyce was a war bride, and had travelled to England on her first trip home since arriving in Canada after World War 2.
Even at that early age, I distinctly recall being aware of the tragedy and the grief around me, but most of all I remember the promise my mother made me before she left for England: If I was a good boy, she would bring me a wonderful present when she came home.
I am posting this after several days of news coverage of the crash on February 12 2009 of Continental Airline flight 3407 near Buffalo New York. My heart goes out to the families of those lost on that flight.
Lives lived must always remember lives lost.