Ste. Therese De Blainville, QB Airliner Crashes, Nov 1963

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TCA CRASH KILLS 118 -- NONE SURVIVES AIR DISASTER.

JET PLOUGHS INTO QUEBEC SWAMP LEAVING DEATH, WRECKAGE.

Ste. Therese De Blainville, Que. (CP) -- Scores of mud-caked police and others worked tirelessly amid death and destruction as a rainy, grey dawn broke Saturday over the Laurentian countryside where a Trans-Canada Air Lines DC-8F jet dived into the ground and carried 118 persons to a fiery death.
Hastily erected lights disclosed an eerie scene, pieces of human bodies, half-buried personal belongings and shattered bits of what had been a sleek airliner.
There were no survivors of TCA's ill-fated flight No. 831, which took off from Montreal's Dorval airport for Toronto at 6:28 p.m. Friday and four minutes later plowed into a virtual quagmore near this town 20 miles north of Montreal.
The dead numbered 111 passengers and seven crew members.
There were 70 from the Toronto area, five from Western Canada, one from New Brunswick, one from Brooklyn, N.Y., one believed from Port Washington, N.Y., and one whose next of kin address was listed as Bombay, India.
The crash was the worst in Canadian aviation history and the second worst single-plane disaster in civilian world flying.
Pieces of bodies were gathered up and placed in rubber sheets and blankets to await transportation to a morgue set up in a barracks builring at nearby Camp Bouchard.
In the glare of the floodlights, arms, legs and torsos could be seen in trees through which the giant liner tore to the ground. A human hand, a ring on a finger, could be seen a few yards from the plane wreckage, sticking out of the mud.
But, as dawn came, there was little that could be recognized as a plane -- only shattered pieces and twisted metal. One appeared to be the nose of the plane.
In its death dive the plane dug a huge crater in the soggy ground. From the top of the crater part of a uniformed body could be seen in one section of the half buried piece of wreckage.
Investigators were under way but there was no immediate indicatioin of what caused the sudden crash.
At dawn Rev. ARTHUR GAREAU, Roman Catholic Chaplain of the Montreal General Hospital, stood beside the crater and said last rites. A single tongue of fire still rose from the wreckage.
A guard of about 500 RCMP officers stood around the crater.
Workmen dug a ditch about the perimeter of the crater to allow surface water to drain off, pending installation of a pump to remove water from the crater itself.
Swarms of spectators, drawn to the town by news of the crash, thinned out during the night.
Right fell heavily.
Police organized their forces before dawn to keep spectators away.
Highway road blocks were set up five miles each way from the crash area. Motorists who could not show identification that would permit them passing the blocks were directed to by-passing routes.
The airliner dived into the field -- already a mass of mire from Friday's heavy rain -- about halfway between Highway 11 and an expressway and 800 feet from a row of houses that line the highway.
One of the first tasks was to get a solid roadway to the crash scene through the deep mud. During the night bulldozers, tractors and trucks loaded with gravel were brought in.
The crater made by the plane was about 30 yards square and at least six feet deep.
Trees near the crater that were not directly hit bore few scars. They leaned outward from the crater, as if bent by the explosion, but eyewitnesses could not agree whether the aircraft exploded in the air or on impact.
One of them described the explosion as "like an atomic bomb." A huge red ball of fire burst into the air.
MRS. AIME BERTHIAUME, whose house is along Highway 11 near the crash scene, said she was in her kitchen "when I heard a terrible explosion and saw a high ball of fire in the air."
"The plane crashed just about right away after that," she said.
But her son ALLAN, 21, said he heard the "swooshing" sound of the jet before "it hit the ground and exploded, sending a huge ball of fire into the air."
President GORDON R. McGREGOR of TCA said it would be difficult to determine the cause of the crash.
Investigators normally can piece together what happened by picking up a limited amount of wreckage, he said, but "I am not cheerful about the possibilities of getting information from these parts because the breakup is so severe."
Another TCA official said there was no question of sabotage in the disaster nor was there any confirmation of an explosion before the ill-fated plane hit the ground.
At least 300 soldiers were stationed around the still smouldering wreckage to ensure that everything was left intact.
This followed removal of some wreckage by the curious who tied up traffic along three-lane Highway 11 for at least five miles in either direction.
A search of houses in the area brought out some pieces of wreckage taken as souvenirs.
A little one-storey bungalow farmhouse occupied by FERNAND GUILBEAULT, his wife and seven childen quickly was commandeered as a temporary headquarters pending establishment of a more complete setup in Notre Dame de l'Assomption Roman Catholic School in Ste. Therese.
Extra telephone lines were being installed to handle the gathering of evidence and information on the human remains today.
Most bodies were so badly smashed that identification was considered by one TCA official to be hopeless.
He said that in some similar crashes, relatives had agreed to a mass burial of the victims on the spot.
To reach the scene from Highway 11, working crews had to slosh through mud about knee deep in places. A continuing cold rain fell through the late hours of Friday night and early today.
An unidentified provincial police officer waded into the crater and recovered what appeared to be the aircraft's log book.
TCA officials said early today it was not known whether searchers had salvaged the plane's flight recorder -- important in determining exactly what happened before the crash.

HERE IS LIST OF CRASH VICTIMS.
Montreal (CP) -- Following is the official list of crew members and passengers killed Friday in the TCA DC-8 crash:
Crew (7):
Capt. JACK D. SNIDER, 47, Toronto.
First Officer HARRY J. DYCK, 35, Toronto.
Second Officer EDWARD B. BAXTER, 29, Toronto.
Purser JAMES E. ZIRNIS, 24, Toronto.
Stewardess KATHLEEN PATRICIA CREIGHTON, 23, Veteran, Alta.
Stewardess LINDA SLAGHT, 22, Toronto.
Stewardess LORNA JEAN WALLINGTON, 21, Calgary.
Passengers:
New Brunswick (1)
D. O. TURNBULL, Rothesay.
Quebec (17)
Montreal Area
T. BUTCHER, Dorval.
MR. and MRS. J. EVERY.
MR. and MRS. F. M. FITZPATRICK.
MISS J. GRACE.
DR. FRED HAGERMAN, Montreal and Belleville.
MR. and MRS. T. HOLM.
MR. and MRS. S. PANTELL.
MR. and MRS. A. ROY.
CHARLES STONE.
G. SULLIVAN, 5985 Terrebonne Ave.
N. TOMINGANS, 18 Thirteenth Ave., Roxboro.
MRS. E. WINGHAM.
Ontario (87)
T. ADAMSON, Dundas.
J. ALLETSON, Burlington.
T. E. DUNFIELD, 1165 Marcin St., Sarnia.
A. T. GIRWOOD, Guelph.
K. E. GRANT, Hamilton.
MRS. H. GREGOIRE, St. Catharines.
E. W. HALEY, Windsor.
J. K. HEAD, 1923 Wildwood St., Sarnia.
S. JEFFRIES, Galt.
MURRAY KILLION, Kitchener.
E. P. LEWIS, 1104 Bel Air St., Sarnia.
R. LINKE, 218 Houghton St., Hamilton.
J. W. MILLSAP, Burlington.
T. H. MURRAY, 1351 Egmond Drive, Sarnia.
J. M. PAGE, 140 Erie St., Leamington.
A. H. PRITCHARD, 75 Dakin Ave., Lodno.
C. SCHENKE, Guelph.
Capt. J. SCOTT, Albertsville.
H. SMITH, 852 Denmark St., Sarnia.
D. TURNER, Brampton.
G. WARD, Burlington.
S. WOZNIAK, Guelph.
G. WHITMORE, 280 Bay St. S., Hamilton.
R. H. CROSS, 232 Douglas Drive.
M. DAVISON.
H. F. DICKSON, 27 Glenroy Ave.
C. R. ELDORD.
C. J. ENRIGHT.
C. EVANS.
Det. KENNETH EVANS.
CECIL S. FINKLER.
L. FINKLER.
W. FOELLER.
G. FRANCIS.
R. J. GILCHRIST.
F. GOSTICK, 22 Dimple Field Place.
C. GOTTSCHALK, 8 Milepost Place, Leaside.
G. A. GRIFFITHS.
E. J. HANSEN, 25 Bedford Rd.
R. B. HARRIS.
W. M. HORROCKS.
DON HUDSON.
V. JANZEN, 116 Pickering St.
D. JOHNSON.
E. JONES.
R. JONES.
S. KERR.
J. C. KING.
J. LANGDON.
M. LANGUEDOC.
R. LANSDOWN.
MISS E. C. LAWRENCE, Learnington St.
J. LUCKS.
D. LOVE, 27 Towell Ave.
J. McCORMACK.
C. MEREDITH.
R. MILLIUS, 225 Donnelly Drive.
F. W. MOGFORD, 1 Limerick Ave.
J. NICHOLS.
A. PHILLIPS, Port Credit.
M. PIERSANTI.
D. W. POLLOCK.
T. SANDERSON.
W. W. SIMMONS.
S. SINIBALDI.
A. S. SLAPSYS.
E. B. SMITH, Agincourt.
J. F. SMITH.
R. M. STEVENS.
G. STEVENSON.
S. J. SZOSTAK.
I. TOVELL.
S. W. WORSLEY, 15 Dunlace Drive.
Manitoba (2)
F. W. BAMFORD, 352 Queenston St., Winnipeg
G. E. THOMAS, 167 Waverley St., Winnipeg.
Alberta (1)
K. HANSON, 54 Pine St., Edmonton.
U.S.A. (1)
R. KERNE, 1491 East 18th St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
No Address (2)
N. MASTER, next of kin, MR. FARFEL, Bombay, India.
MRS. S. HANKOVSZKY, next of kin, DR. C. H. HANKOVSZKY, Box 72 Port Washington, N.Y.

Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1963-11-30

Comments

Nov 1963 Air Crash

I would like to add my father to the list of passengers who died. Olivier Allemand of Toronto.

TCA Flight 831

We are researching the crash of TCA Flight 831 and have contacted more than half of the families involved. We would like to make contact and learn of your interest in this event.

Also, you may be interested in our DVD "Our Search for Memory" which includes an introduction to our project by Robert J. Page, the son of one of the victims, the CBC documentary, "At the Moment of Impact", broadcast in 1965; the Radio-Canada 40th anniversary report, and a musical tribute to the lives lost and their families.

looking forward to hearing from you

Ernest J. Dick
902 532-0969

8 people missed this flight

My father John MacArthur and his boss Mr. McVeigh missed this flight due to a traffic jam in downtown Montreal. I was a the airport with my mother and brothers to pick him up when we were told the plane had crashed and everyone had died. We drove home and my aunt greeted us with the news that my father had called and he was alright and had in fact missed the plane.
I am so sorry for those who lost family members and friends - but I am grateful my father missed that plane.

My grandfather Captain

My grandfather Captain Joseph Scott died on this flight. His hometown was actually Kingsville. I still miss him.

TCA Flight 831

Called From Home For Flight 831: My aunt Lorna was writing a letter to her family in Calgary on Friday, November 29, 1963 when she was called at her apartment near Malton, ON. A livewire known to her friends as "Sam", she put aside her letter - and called to her two room mates (both stewardesses) "They're sending me to Montreal, I have to get my hair done." Lorna-Jean Wallington was one of three Stewardesess that was killed in the horrific TCA Flight 831 crash, she was only 21. Unfortunately, my siblings and I did not meet her. I was born in 1965 and my two older brothers were very young when she died, so all we have are photos, newspaper clippings and a copy of the Star Weekly - dated May 23, 1964. Both my mother and grandmother rarely spoke of the crash, her death was a devastation and a great loss to her family. My aunt had a beautiful smile, she was a natural athlete and had attended the Art Institute in Calgary (I have one of her paintings) prior to becoming a Stewardes. My mom always said how much we were alike. My grandmother said Lorna loved to fly. She was a member of the Calgary Ski Club. She had planned to take holidays in Innsbruck, Austria in January - two months after her death.

My mother passed away 6 months ago, so I am piecing together some of her family history, and photos for my 11 year-old daughter (also known to her friends as "Sam"). I have come across some interesting facts from my mother's belongings and the internet about Flight 831. I had no idea there was a monument for the crash victims - I hope to visit it someday. Flight 831 was a tragic loss to so many people. May you live in our hearts forever.

Hallo Ernest J. Dick!! I

Hallo Ernest J. Dick!! I have one photo of HARRY J. DYCK and alot of photos of Dycks family.Are you belong to this family?
please answer!

D Turner

Just found out a few days ago that a relative was killed on this flight. Don Turner (Donny) was married to Mary and had about 6 children. I knew his father (Don) and Mother (Eve) as a very young child. His father was a painter and had covered his house with murals of semi naked women! Quite an eye opener to a young 8 year old. Eve his mother was my Nan's(Daisy) sister.

My grandfather was one of

My grandfather was one of the listed victims....Grant Stevenson of Toronto. I was the next born in the family (after the disaster) and would have been his first grandchild. I was born on November 29, 1981...exactly 18 years later to the day. My Mum always says I was born on Nov 29th to bring happiness back to such a tragic day for our family. She was just 7 years old when she lost her father. My Nana was widowed at 37 years old, with 3 children under the age of 10. I like to think my Mum was right :-)

D Turner

Hi Richard,

I think I may be your long lost relative!! My name is Jennifer Turner, and I live in Ontario. Don and Mary Turner are my nana and grampa.

They have 3 children: Jane, Peter and Andy.
All of which now have children of their own. I'm Peters only child.

I've also heard stories of these nude painting around the house, funny how these things travel!! I guess my great grandfather was quite a character!!

Unfortunately, this plane crash was well before I was born (or even an idea) and I never got to meet Don. I've heard that he was an avid photographer, and my nana had some of their old home movies converted from when they moved to Canada so I've had the pleasure of watching them.

After Don was killed, she re-married a man named "Kip" in 1973 (who I also never got to meet). My nana Mary was a sweet lady with a huge heart who worked as a nurse. Unfortunately, she passed away in December of 2009.

My Dad, Peter Turner, worked as a computer system network architech. Unfortuanately, he passed away in January of this year. He was very interested in music and motorcycles. He had a great sense of humour, and had a gift for connecting with people.

Around 1960, Eve came to visit my Dad's family when they were living in Edmonton. They went on a big camping trip through the mountains. I recently came across pictures of them from this trip, and it looks like they're having a great time!!

I hope you get this message, and I'm very exciting to have found you. If you get the chance, please tell me more about your family in England!

Love:
Jen

I remember this, as one of

I remember this, as one of our neighbours was on the flight: CECIL S. FINKLER. The family lived across the street, on Baycrest Avenue in Toronto.

The list of victims includes an "L. FINKLER," which may refer to Cecil's wife, Louisa. However, she was definitely NOT on the flight. Could there have been a related or unrelated Finkler on the same flight?