ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17585
Last updated: 5 December 2013
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Narrative:On May 15, 1956 two CF-100 'Canucks' of 445 Squadron were scrambled out of Uplands Air Force Base near Ottawa, to intercept an aircraft approaching Montreal from the north. Having made the identification, the two aircraft returned to Ottawa, but climbed to 33,000 feet to burn off some of their heavy fuel load with practice intercepts.
|Type:||Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck|
|Owner/operator:||445 Sqn RCAF |
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|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Villa Saint-Louis Convent, Orleans, 10 km east of Ottawa -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||AFB Uplands (CYOW)|
|Destination airport:||AFB Uplands (CYOW)|
One aircraft returned safely to base after expending the required amount of fuel, but Canuck 18367 loitered at altitude a while longer. At 10:37 PM the aircraft crashed into the Villa Saint-Louis, a convent belonging to the Grey Nuns of the Cross, at Orleans, 10 km east of Ottawa.
No explanation for the sudden descent was ever found, though it was speculated that the oxygen system had failed since there was no radio contact from the two aircrew.
Ironically, that area of Ottawa was mostly farm fields, the Villa being the only substantial building for miles around.
The crash and subsequent fire killed fifteen people, eleven Sisters of the Grey Nuns, two other civilians and the two airmen: F/O K.D. Thomas and F/O W.L. Schmidt
The co-ordinates given (N 45° 29.031 W 075° 32.757) are for the crash memorial, not the crash site. The memorial stands on the banks of the Ottawa River behind the now rebuilt Residence Saint-Louis, 879 Hiawatha Park Road, which is now a home for the elderly. The memorial has fifteen stones taken from the ruins of the old Convent.
FlugzeugClassic 05/2008 http://www.ody.ca/~bwalker/RCAF_18351_18400_detailed.html http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMC97V_RCAF_CF_100_Crash_Site_Ottawa_Ontario_Canada
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