Lost: Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian Aviation

Alpine Books


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• A Hudson bomber disappears in a lake in Nova
Scotia during the Second World War; despite
decades of repeated effort by determined
searchers using high-tech equipment, all
recovery efforts have encountered nothing
but frustration.
• A famous hockey star is lost while flying
home from a fishing expedition; even with
tremendous publicity, extensive searches and
generous reward offers, the aircraft was not
found for over 50 years.
• A Trans Canada Airlines (now Air Canada)
passenger liner is in radio contact with the
Vancouver airport, only two and one-half miles
from Richmond, and is observed beginning its
approach to land, when all contact terminates.
The wreckage of the aircraft is not found until
47 years later.
How can such disappearances be possible? How
can determined, skillful, trained search personnel,
using sophisticated equipment, be thwarted in
their effort to locate crashed aircraft?
The answer is that a downed aircraft, especially
in rugged countryside, can be incredibly diffiult
to spot from the air. Study the photograph on
the front flp, taken by CASARA (Civil Air Search
and Rescue Association) in Alberta’s Kananaskis
Country. Can you spot the wreckage of a Cherokee
aircraft? No? Actually, very few people can. When
you consider that the problem is far more diffiult
for observers studying terrain from the unsteady
platform of a light search plane buffeted by
updrafts and gusts typical to mountainous areas,
you can understand how diffiult it is to fid an
aircraft that has crashed in the mountains.
So where is the wrecked airplane in the photo?
Now look at the front cover of the book. The handdrawn yellow circle shows the crash site, but in
the real world there are no such indicators.


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