Dec 9th marks the 50th anniversary of Western Canada's worst avaition disaster atop Mt Slesse.
Below in this frame is the Chilliwack Ag Rec Centre, but above shows the jagged peak of Mt Slesse. This is where 62 people perished. Among the passengers on Flight 810 were five CFL football players on their way home from a Game in Vancouver.
In brief what happened was the captian headed east for Calgary flying over Chilliwack. Some serious tubbulence jolted the plane, but likely would have done nothing to alarm the experienced flight crew. But at 6:52 pm at 19,000 feet the inner left hand engine caught fire. The pilot shut the engine off and headed back to Vancouver. At this time they were on flying considerably south from where they should have been. A request to descend to 10,000 feet because of heavy precipitation was last recorded at 7:10 pm. The fact that the plane crashed where it did was horribly unlucky. It was 39 years later when the BC government designated the place a heritage site.
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xuaxo (6846) 2006-12-09 12:33
There is a high emotional contrast between the mountains beauty and the horrible tragedy.
In the photo, the red is also very nice in this snowy landscape.
pat0500 (21561) 2006-12-09 13:01
Very nice picture and beautiful point of view.
Very good perspective of the mountains. J'aime beaucoup l'effet de ces sommets enneiger.
Good sharpness, I like much..!
danyy (0) 2006-12-09 14:07
voici donc les premières images de grand froid qui sont postées sur TE, l'hiver s'installe sur l'hémisphère nord, différement bien sûr selon les régions.
Au Canada, on n'échappe pas aux fortes gelées et à la neige.
Excellente photo avec ces sommets enneig"s qui disparaissent légérement sous cette brume givrante.
Une photo qui en tous cas, oxygène mes poumons.
Beaucoup de profondeur.
Un excellent week-end à toi.
banyanman (7789) 2006-12-09 14:14
A sad reminder of a tragic event, Paul, but a stunning photograph of this infamous peak. The light that you have captured here really makes this shot, and the sharpness of the buildings in the foreground a vivid contrast to the slight softness in the mountain range. Cheers . . . David
Andrzej_HHH (2480) 2006-12-09 14:30
Hello! Very impressive mountain in the background, good depth of the picture. Also very interesting note. Great post! Thanks for sharing. Regards! Andrzej
rossofuoco (7385) 2006-12-09 14:40
Waw!!! che foto.
jaywalker (16101) 2006-12-09 16:13
Hi Paul, The mountain makes a beautiful backdrop to this photo, with great depth & light, also you have framed the photo very well, however the story of the air crash adds a whole new dimention to the shot & made me think how fragile life is, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
Lisas_world (1232) 2006-12-09 19:39
This is an excellent shot, though the peak appears ominous in light of your story. To think that we are so passionately consumed by such tragedies when they occur, yet we must make anniversaries of them so as not to forget. 50 years is a long time for us…but to this mountain, the mere blink of an eye.
“A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever…
There is no remembrance of earlier things;
And also of the later things which will occur,
There will be for them no remembrance
Among those who will come later still.”
parbo (11092) 2006-12-09 20:40
Very sad story, my condolences are for their families. I like your good way for remembering this crash with a splendid photo. Its sharp sides and snowy hills exactly transfer difficult condition to us. Congratulations.
danielswalsh (13599) 2006-12-09 21:41
I'm amazed Paul... I had never heard this story before, and it's captivated me! A truly amazing view this is, and I keep scratching my head wondering how I did not see this mountain during my last trip to Chilliwack... Maybe I was in the wrong part of Chilliwack (but it's not THAT ig is it?) or maybe I was just facing the wrong way- or maybe it was the haze from the cow manure that made it hard to see (Hahahaha- ;-).
Great shot Paul, I like it alot.... all the best!
singuanti (15250) 2006-12-09 23:07
Hi Paul. I don't recall seeing that jagged peak in your previous shots. I bet there is some great powder snow up there. That's a sad note to go along with a beautiful picture. I'm glad the BC government did that. Wonderful shot Paul!
siolaw (38288) 2006-12-10 17:51
You ve caught a great(early morning?)light giving superb soft colors and beautiful texture on the mountains and forests, good POV and a tribute to the crash victims.. a good note as well
branley (3681) 2006-12-11 2:07
a sad tale and a good note. The contrast between the red buildings and the snowy mountain is marked. You've captured the light perfectly, the pov is good as is the sharpness. A fine image, well seen.
john_c (24662) 2006-12-13 10:33
A wonderful tribute to the memory of the crashed plane. Its interesting that the pilot missed clearing the Slesse peak by only a few metres...Good foreground contrast and colour to contrast with the slightly misty tones of the mountain area. I like the way the eye absorbs fold after fold of the mountain here. Well captured....Looking forward to the TE meet this Sunday.
naturelover (306) 2006-12-18 16:08
Your story sends out chills...my dad was a pilot and I would always worry when he went flying. Thanks for the history lesson and tragic details of your avation story.
Stepan (27210) 2006-12-18 16:29
Wow ! That's an impressive moutain in a wonderful light. The dof is perfect and it was a good idea to have the red warehouse to produce some colors and contrast. Very good realization.
dragonslayero (3116) 2006-12-25 20:09
A marvellous view, it's really a pity that a nice place like this should be known for such a horrible disaster. But it is better that we remember than we forget.
The montains represent the high almost unreachable place where the accident might have happened, clad in a mourning white cape.
The photo has some nice deapth to that really gives the full impression of distance.
Excellent use of light conditions as well.
keribar (43841) 2007-02-18 12:41
I am always very impressed by these stories of planes in critical flight conditions. In this picture I am also impressed by the beauty of the place, very sharp pics, and a feeling of vastness. Good shot and good story Paul. Izzet
- Copyright: Paul Enns (PJE) (20758)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-12-09
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Winter In The Fraser Valley [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-09 12:27