Moose Jaw, SK Airliner And Trainer Crash, Apr 1954
The weather in Moose Jaw when the crash occurred was sunny with cloudy periods. A south wind of 20 miles an hour was blowing and the temperature was in the 40s.
The airliner plunged toward earth, exploding into a tremendous ball of flame on the way down.
Pieces flew in all directions. A gas tank flew off and crashed into a house, setting it afire. Two other homes burst into flames.
Hundreds of persons searched a golf course near the crash scene for bodies. No survivors were reported.
Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1954-04-08
5 PROBES SEEK CAUSE OF MOOSE JAW CRASH.
WINNIPEGGERS AMONG 37 DISASTER VICTIMS.
Moose Jaw, Sask. -- Five separate investigations are going forward today into causes of the explosive air collision that claimed 37 lives Thursday. The disaster occurred when a westbound Trans-Canada Air Lines plane collided with an air force trainer 6,000 feet above northeastern Moose Jaw. There were no survivors of the accident. One of the 37 victims was a woman on the ground.
Two of the victims were from Greater Winnipeg and at least three others were former residents of the city.
Winnipeggers killed were:
E. F. CAMERON, 42, of 351 Ash Street. He was an executive of North Star Oil Co.
ANDREW SMART, 42, of 943 Merriam Boulevard, Fort Garry. He was a storekeeper for TCA.
Former Winnipeggers who died in the crash were:
JAMES CROSSEN, 37, TCA employee at Vancouver. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Lyle Crossen and a grandson of the late Hon. Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Montague of Winnipeg.
OSCAR BLANK, proprietor of "Oscar's," Vancouver restaurant. He has relatives in Winnipeg, including a brother and sister.
PAT REID, Imperial Oil executive and former prominent bush flier. His wife was also a victim.
RODNEY ADAMSON, 52, Progressive Conservative member of Parliament and his wife were also among the dead.
A sister of R. H. G. Bonnycastle, of Winnipeg, is married to a brother of Mr. Adamson.
A board of inquiry appointed at 14 training group headquarters, RCAF, Winnipeg, and a representative of the RCAF accident investigation branch, are conducting two of the investigations.
RCAF findings are not made public.
A board of inquiry set up by the department of transport at Ottawa, is also underway. Findings of this board normally remain private, unless the minister of transport is required to answer in parliament.
An investigation group from Trans-Canada Air Lines is also at the scene of the tragedy, and in additoin, a coroner's jury will investigate the accident.
The falling TCA North Star narrowly missed Ross School, one of Moose Jaw's largest.
There were 17 empty seats on the plane.
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