Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Paul Enns (PJE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2045 W: 133 N: 4148] (20758)
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