Pierre et Catherine Szpakowicz De Claude Perron Viau. The Boeing 737-200 of First Air was operating a service from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, when it struck a hill in cloud near Resolute Bay Airport. I lost friends. The worst crash in Canada’s modern air force occurred on 30 October 1991. In 2009, the land at 72 Degrey Drive was officially registered as an Air Canada Crash Site Cemetery to protect and honour the land where this tragedy occurred. Life can be taken away in an instant,let us treasure the times we have with our loved ones. I am so grateful to everyone who has done something to ensure that all the victims of this tragic plane crash are remembered. Côté family from Quebec City. I can't begin to imagine the suffering of the loved ones who were not on the plane. Yolande M. C. Daoust Marie-Rose Desjardins Leclaire A 435 Squadron C-130 Hercules transport aircraft crashed near CFS Alert, Northwest Territories (now Nunavut), during a resupply mission. Thoughts and prayers to others effected by this accident. Céline Fradette ​Adam In memory of the passengers and crew of Flight 621 who lost their lives in this field on July 5, 1970. Watch the Stan Original film A Sunburnt Christmas now on Stan. Everything is very touching and well done. I had visited Canada before, in So sorry to hear about this. This was no small plane! It made such an impression on me being so far from home that I have never forgotten. My fiance was inbound from Vancouver on flight 802 as 1st officer. In a 74-page report, Canada expresses support for Ukraine and demands that Iran offer fair compensation to the families of the victims, according to Ukraine 24 TV channel. My heartfelt condolences to the families whonlost their loved ones. The crash of flight 621 was the first item on the news that morning and as I drove along the 401, past Brampton and the airport, I couldn't bare to think of all the devastated families that were going through the same horror that we had experienced less than 7 years before. Thank you for the online ceremony to commemorate the tragic event related to the Flight 621. -, My sincere thanks to Diarmuid and the City of Brampton for creating such a beautiful memorial. It tilted, nose almost straight down and headed into the crash site just north of the course. "This is a developing situation," Canadian Air Forces said in a statement. Oscar Leclaire I have visited the site a few times. Condolences too to the family whose farm where the plane crashed. Another member suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive the crash. I had a lot of phone calls that day as a lot of family and friends were worried; they thought that I was on that fateful flight. I will always remember that terrible day on July 5 1970. Loss doesn’t happen and then unhappen. Pierre J. Adam They agreed that they did not like arming the spoilers at the beginning of the final approach, as specified in the checklist, fearing it could lead to an inadvertent spoiler deployment. Cyril Wayne Partridge Jean Maurice Charest The captain preferred not arming them at all, but directly deploying them once on the ground, while the co-pilot preferred arming them during the landing flare. This horrific loss has had an impact for 50 years, and it will go on to have an impact for many years to come. Steven Phillip Silverberg, Dwight L. Smith I am now 75 years old, but the pain of losing my first family is always in my heart and soul. My mother didn't believe me and kind of scoffed No. We were stationed with the military in Downsview at this time. My condolences to the family of those who lost their lives in this tragic crash. Nous l'avons su seulement en fin d'après-midi. I had worked for Air Canada, left and was living in Peterborough Ontario. Lastly, Purple Lilacs is a most meaningful name. We played many sports together in our home town of Lachine Quebec. Speaking for myself, but confident that others would agree, this tragedy left many people feeling shattered, traumatized, alone and confused. My heart goes out to the other families who lost their loved ones that fateful day. My husband, our two small children and I were on vacation in the US and saw a Montreal Star with Gordie's photo on the front. On July 4, 2013, Purple Lilac Park, named for the flowers that grew at this site before the crash occurred, was officially dedicated on the 43rd anniversary of the crash. It totally destroyed my father, devastated our entire family, and left me with a lifetime of grief. I’ll never forget. My husband was Military Police Forces and I remember well how they went directly to the site, to help. 7 June 2017; Myanmar Air Force; Shaanxi Y-8F-200W; 5820; near Dawei, Myanmar: The aircraft was on an unscheduled domestic flight from Myeik to Yangon, Myanmar. Brigitte Rodrigue Des Marais - Lorna McCluskey, God bless the departed souls. -, I was hired as a Stewardess in 1966. May all of those passengers continue to rest in peace. Linda Dicaire Air Canada Flight 143 was a Canadian scheduled domestic passenger flight between Montreal and Edmonton that ran out of fuel on July 23, 1983, at an altitude of 41,000 feet (12,000 m), midway through the flight. Jacqueline Doré Jane Isobel Growse We also pray for all first responders, emergency workers, and frontline workers - those who r, esponded to the crash 50 years ago, and those who offer service for society, today.​ - Rev. "The house was all burnt and charred, the roof was caving in," he said. I remember clearly, that the only sounds we were met with, was the crying of the children in the farmhouse, only a mere few meters away from the crash site and the hiss of the fire, otherwise total silence. My admiration goes out to those, some I know personally, who worked endlessly over decades to ensure that this dignified memorial became a reality. My dentist at the time gave an in-service lecture on how such processes work to our OPP Auxiliary Unit and was well received by all those in attendance that evening back in the 1980's. De plus, il voulait partir le 4 juillet mais il n'y avait plus de place. It was so sobering and horrifying. "Our number one priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel, the community, and supporting emergency personnel. I remember being saddened by the news. Lionel Robidoux She told me about the crash. Celia Sultan We witnessed this plane crash from our car as we were driving westbound on the 401. Gord Hill was a good friend, we won Canadian & North American Championships in paddling. In June 1970, when our second child was 5 months old, she flew to Montreal with the children to spend 10 days visiting her family. It was the summer of my 16th year ...***, On behalf of Network of Nigerians in Canada, I express our profound condolence to the families of the deceased and indeed to all Canadians for this tragic loss. The day before we were playing with our dolls in her backyard. Dad, a senior pilot who loved his job. Ne… Irene Marguerite Houston Vagn Aage Jakobsen -, Working at the snack bar at Highway 50 and 7 that day I was devastated by the people stocking up on snacks as they drove up to see the site. And because it was 1970, the farming community of Castlemore just picked themselves up and just kept going. Thank you for remembering my mother Rita, my sisters Carla and Wendy, and the other 106 victims of this horrific tragedy. No one was killed in the plane crash, which occurred in bad weather. My hope is that the memories are still vivid while the pain has subsided. - Rosanna Broderick ​, My condolence to all the families left behind from the tragic loss of life. The memorial mass at the cathedral in Montreal was heartbreaking. Air Canada Flight 621 left Montreal, Quebec at 7:17 am with 100 passengers and nine crew members on board. Questions about the collection and use of personal information should be directed to the Protocol Office at protocol@brampton.ca, Air Canada Flight 621 Crash 50th Anniversary, This commemorative plaque will be installed at Purple Lilac Memorial Park later this year, To the late George and Wendy Whybro I still feel your loss of a Mom and a mother-in-law even after your passing some time ago. R​onald Alvin Herrmann I was 10 years old in 1970. We first met during the summer of 1965 at a resort in the Catskills in upstate New York. her devastating experience with loss (flight 621) and life. We were away at the time. The pilot was able to pull up to 3,000 feet (900 m.) and fly north, away from the airport. Comments Share your thoughts and debate the big issues. Jeannine Chapdelaine Even at the time of such a tragedy, Mary Hill still had her sense of humour - and Gordie was just like his Mother!! - ​, I was a young nurse then and just leaving my shift at the Hospital in Richmond Hill. The Snowbirds jet had been on a tour "to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19", according to the team's. The rest of us watched from the outside deck of the airport. I had flown with both Yolande Daoust and Suzanne Dion, both lovely ladies! Today at 60 I can only imagine the feelings of loss the families of the crash victims had. How my Uncle Arthur dealt with this tragedy I cannot comprehend. Celia moved to my home in Los Angeles after our honeymoon. Air Canada plane crashes Airbus A320 plane crashes Preliminary incident report and SFO airport diagram. King Bun (Bernard) Gee At both events I met so many lovely families who told their stories. To those victims and their families, you are not nor ever will be forgotten. Lewella Frances Earle I came to Canada in 1971 as a All 109 lives were lost. Guy Boulanger However, they didn't mention anything to me about the accident but now I understood why my mother was especially upset...our flight was with Air Canada on a DC-8 departing exactly a week later on Sunday July 12 with a gate departure of 8 a.m....and they had recycled the flight number for that route calling it AC 621 (which it still is to this day). I remember the last concert at the Valleyfield chalet the day before the departure of your father and Serge! I am pleased that there is a memorial garden, site honouring the victims of Air Canada Flight 621. Rosanne Bélanger But I had changed my shift and headed to Jericho Beach to join friends for Sunday sailing. I was young but I remember you from your father and from Serge !! I would like to send my sincere condolences out to everyone affected by this tragic event. I learned about it from my friend who called me because we were supposed to go swimming. At approximately 8:00 am, the engines on the wing exploded, the right wing fell away, and the airplane crashed to the ground in this former farm field in the village of Castlemore 6.2 miles (10 km) north of the airport. Thank you to the City of Brampton for this beautiful memorial. One stewardess Yolande Daoust, was a girl of my course in October 1966, charming girl always smiling, I remember her very well !! Imaginez, lors de nos premiers appels chez Air-Canada, ils nous on dit que papa n'était pas à bord. Pierre Et Catherine Szpakowicz et votre maman ! 12 Plane Crashes That Changed Aviation. - Daisy Marskell​, I was 9 years old at the time and remember quite vividly when this occurred. for those who lost loved ones on flight GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. Air-Canada did not call us because there was a mistake on his name, another passenger by the name of Gilles Raymond got on board at the last minute and had not put the name of this young man on the list . - ​, I heard about the crash when I was in Yorkshire England with my girlfriend. - Janis Hamilton, My condolences to all the victims' families, I golf in the area at Mayfield and often think of that tragic day!​ - Chris Brady, God rest their souls . Because it was a Sunday, both of us talked to our parents back here in Toronto and learned what had happened. I said to the family "A wing just fell off that plane!" Serge A. SzpakowiczCarmen M. M. Tielens I pray for those who lost their lives and for all the r, took several weeks to complete. M. T. Ginette Bertrand And thank you Malcolm for your kind words. DC9 plane crashes 23 July 1983; Air Canada 767-200; C-GAUN; flight 143; near Gimli, Manitoba: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Ottawa to Edmonton, Canada. Francesco Filippone -, I was hired by Air Canada as a groundhostess in 1966 and was working at Pearson Airport at the time of the crash.We were all in deep shock upon hearing of this devastating accident. I will never forget this tragic event and all the lives that were lost. I still have the newspaper articles on this tragedy. Pete was the love of my life and it is comforting to know that such an appropriate recognition of his life and the 108 others will be looked after in perpetuity by the City. Wesley Graham Houston It is great to finally see acknowledgment of this tragic event 50 years ago. In July 1970 my route was from Montreal to Los Angeles. May they Rest In Peace. Francine Côté Martial Raymond It was a shock and a tragedy that I still feel to this day. - D Wilson, On July 5th 1970 , I was caddying at Toronto Golf Club in Mississauga when I overheard the golfers in our foursome discussing that a plane had crashed. TORONTO -- Video has emerged showing the moment an Air Canada plane hits another aircraft on the tarmac in Toronto. Linda Margaret Earle Celia grew up in Montreal. My deepest condolences to all those that lost family and friends in this crash. They spent hous and it took quite a toll on them, as they returned home exhausted with frustration that nobody had been saved. Vito Marziliano (Pastor, St. Patrick's Wildfield), RIP To all who were lost on that horrific day. Gabriel Des Marais Out of these tragedies arose major technological advances in flight safety that keep air travel routine today. - Respectfully submitted by Bob Russell, Orillia, Ontario, Member of the OPPVA # 5 District. I was numb. For more about my story, please click on the link, My deepest condolences to all the innocent people who lost their lives, also to their families, RIP. Madeleine Grenier, Diana Cicely Growse Family members, friends, communities, first responders . - Mary Veneziano, I was just 25 years old when my wife Celia and my two young children died in the crash. Imagine, when we first called Air-Canada, they told us that Dad was not on board. -, I remember this as though it was yesterday. My condolences to Carmen. Driving north of the Gore Road on that beautiful fresh morning, we had no idea about the total devastation we would soon be met with. In honour of the 50th anniversary, the park where the crash occurred has officially been renamed to Purple Lilac Memorial Park. I was a teen on my way to Niagara with my parents. J ai souvenir du dernier concert au chalet de Valleyfield la veille du départ de votre père et de Serge ! We were dispatched to a report of  a“small plane” gone down! And Dad had agreed to instead fly a plane to Toronto and then carry on to London. They died doing what they loved, being “of service” to so many. "Just boom, straight down, and then a burst of black, black smoke.". I will always remember Rita (Mrs Weinberg), and Carla and Wendy with love and a great feeling of loss. Linda Filippone Quand sa famille a mis Air-Canada au courant, ils ont rayé le nom de mon père, croyant que c'était la même personne. Amateur video has captured the terrifying moment a Canadian Air Force jet on a national tour fell from the sky and crashed … Dad was supposed to be flying from Montreal to London, UK that day. God Bless those making the effort to remember. A book was published at the 50 year mark of my dad's plane crash and at the same time Lynda Fishman was writing a book about. Everyone involved in designing and looking after "Purple Lilac" is to be commended. First Air Flight 6560 was a domestic charter flight that crashed on landing at Resolute, Nunavut, Canada, on 20 August 2011. It seemed impossible. Lost to time. My condolences to all the fam, Condolences to the family and friends of the passengers and crew of Air Canada Flight 621 and the first responders who went to the crash site. -, s an Auxiliary Constable with the OPP from 1979 to 1990 out of Port Credit Detachment, I wish to remember those that los, t their lives and to the First Responders that were at that large crash site. Pierre and Catherine Szpakowicz. When appropriate, more information will be made available.". express to her, and all the families who suffered profound lo, urple Lilac Memorial Park has beautifully memorialized 109 glorious lives. Devona Olivia Clarke by The Canadian Press. An Air Ontario Fokker F28. We immediately packed up and headed home. -, So sorry to hear about this. The image of that plane going down will be with me forever. Sincères amitiés à Yves, Michel, Pierre et Caroline ainsi qu à leurs familles. My condolences to all the family and friends of the passengers of Flight 621. George Tournovits Captain Peter Cameron Hamilton and First Officer Donald Rowland had flown on various flights together before, and had an ongoing discussion on when to arm the ground spoilers. Of the 15 people on board, 12 were killed and the remaining three were severely injured. Fortunately for me, I met a wonderful, compassionate woman Sonya the following year and we were married in August 1971. May all those that perished Rest In Peace. The Twitter user posted "so, well, I'm currently on a plane that has just lost a wheel … 2020 starts pretty well," along with the footage. For those who were lost on Flight 621 R.I.P. I’ve never forgotten you Ricky and never will my old buddy. My condolences with all those who are still mourning. About five minutes after takeoff in poor weather, the jet crashed about 20 miles north of Montreal, near Ste-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Quebec, Canada, killing all 111 passengers and seven crew members. As a young boy I remember the pain my family experienced over the loss. Jean Bélanger Gundi Wieczorek, We invite you to share your memories of loved ones and times gone by and to also express your condolences to the families.​​​​​​​​, The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act S.O. This was a long time coming. Condolences to all the remaining family members. Athanasia Tournovits Gilles Dicaire Georges Étienne Robert Canadian Air Force jet crashes into home, one dead. I went, physically, more than once to that park, to pay my respect and to pray for the victims. Our familles were marked by this tragedy that we will never forget . My parents heard about the crash the next day and they were in disbelief. Canada has released its report on Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752 shot down near Tehran, Iran, on January 8. After that moment, all I saw were lots and lots of cars driving towards the crash site. *** - Claude Perron Viau. Jacques Bélanger I wholeheartedly support the role the City took on in creating and maintaining the memorial. Parents were talking and I was quiet, just looking out of the windows. I am very pleased to see the beautiful memorial park and I am glad there will be a 50th anniversary commemoration this July 5th. You will always be remembered Gord! Members of our OPP Auxiliary Unit helped out regular OPP members at this crash scene. May you rest in peace. Gaétan Beaudin Air Canada Flight 621 left Montreal, Quebec at 7:17 am with 100 passengers and nine crew members on board. l was on my way to a horse show, l was only 15 years old and this happened only about 5 miles from where we were driving. Gordie, like his Mother had a terrific sense of humour. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary next year. Lilac trees bloom at the memorial site and 109 pink polished granite markers are arranged in a mosaic on the path to symbolize each victim. We thought we were getting bombed or something. The crash was the deadliest in Canadian … -, when this tragedy occurred. Man Sing Wong With great gratitude I continue to thank Diarmuid and the developers, the City and citizens of Brampton who care enough to honour our families. Suzie Wong We actually live about 5 minutes away from where this field holds the 109 souls. I was a young Constable with only 16 months service when I was sent to work at this scene and was not prepared to witness what lay before me. Dallas James Woodard, Robert J. Cédilot When the floors were called the nurses who had just finished their night shift were all told to report to the emergency dept. Therese, Quebec in 1963. Somehow I was able to make some really good choices and I am grateful to say that I’ve had a wonderful life, considering the challenges I was faced with after losing pretty much everything at age 13. It was my first day of a summer job at Toronto International Airport. Always remembering my Dear Aunt Rita and Cousins Carla and Wendy ..... as well as my Uncle Saul whose spirit perished on that terrible day. -, I was a class mate friend of Richard Benson “Ricky” at Greendale School in Pierrefonds Quebec. Carnis Ann Partridge I remember a beautiful summer morning my husband and I and our two Children were heading to Albion Hills for the day when the bulletin came on the radio. Suzanne M. Dion Gustav A. Maitz Air Canada plane crashes on runway at Halifax airport. Donald Rowland My father was on the Air Canada 831 plane crash in Ste. Merle Silverberg FYI, my former dentist in Mississauga, Ontario was involved in examining dead bodies from their dental charts at the Woodbridge Ice Rink. Blanche St-Laurent Vision from the scene showed one person managing to eject themselves from the plane while another was rescued from the roof of the house. That ghoulish behavior has stayed with me all these years. Jerald Mark Sultan On that Beach a kind stranger approached me- a CALPA rep- told me of the accident, that dad was flying it and there were no survivors. - D. Huxtable, H. Gordon Hill was my father, and 2nd officer of that fateful flight. Thankful you can gather here, together, and feel a sense of connection to you, I do remember vividly. -, My deepest condolences to all the family and friends on flight 621 who lost their lives. -. Mary Benson 1963: Trans-Canada Air Lines crash kills 118 Just four minutes after liftoff, flight 831 crashes outside Montreal. Their memories live on. Marie Filippone We only knew about it in the late afternoon. As a long time resident of Brampton I’m very pleased that a permanent memorial has been erected at the site to remember those who lost their lives that morning. Claire Gagnon-Mailhiot Gerald Bernard Mailhiot Andrée Partridge After letting the sheep into the fields, I remember coming back around the barn and hearing a rumble in the skies above. Canada releases report on crash of Ukraine plane in Iran / REUTERS. Kenneth William Phillips The Snowbirds aerobatics team was scheduled to fly from Kamloops to Vernon today as part of Operation Inspiration, aimed at boosting morale as Canadians continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Brampton is in the process of designating the site as a cultural heritage resource under the Ontario Heritage Act. Richard Benson J. W. (Jack) McTague I remember some of the chaos afterwards in the airport but then the next thing I remember is standing at the foot of my driveway later that morning on that beautiful day and telling the other neighbourhood kids what I had just seen. I was less than 2 months old at the time. -, RIP to all and condolences to their families. Aline Legault Robert The Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft came down shortly after taking off from Kamloops Airport, in British Columbia, just before midday on Sunday. ​Wendy WeinbergJennie Cavell Whittingham - Anne Proscia, My memories of that event was a lot of sadness. Robert Lowell Sultan They are all remembered in our prayers every year on the anniversary, and will once again do so on this 50th anniversary; special prayers will be said at all our Sunday liturgies. Nav Canada, the corporation that owns and operates Canada's civil air navigation service, published a satellite-based approach on Runway 05 that provides lateral and vertical guidance for aircraft. I wouldn't see Frederick again, it was surreal, it wasn't fair. "It was pretty bad, the whole lawn was on fire. -, Thank you City of Brampton for this beautiful memorial for such a tragedy and for making this a designated historical landmark. Thank you from my heart. Rita Gagné-Poirier I saw a plane above that looked like it was shooting off fireworks. "It was complete chaos. Michel Molino It was horrific. I love the fact that original boulders were kept and used from the site and also the uniqueness of the rocks placed together to mark the passengers travelling together. It was an amazing read....so powerfully expressed and so accurately describing how I felt. It was my job that Sunday morning, 50 years ago, to let the sheep out of the barn to graze in the fields of my father's 100 acre farm. R.I.P. Peter Cameron Hamilton I remember going into Frederick's room and it was still how he had left it. As a pilot's daughter I knew accidents could happen but it didn't occur to me that they would happen to us. 1966/67. Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 831 was a flight from Montréal–Dorval International Airport to Toronto International Airport on November 29, 1963. Proud to live in Brampton​. -  ​, My condolences to all the families involved. -, Fifty years have gone by quickly. Canada plane crash: Snowbirds team jet crashes in British Columbia - shocking video AT least one crew member has died and another is seriously injured after a jet from the Canadian air … I remember hearing of the crash and coul, dn’t understand how he could just be gone in an instant. - ​. It was a scene and a task none of us who worked the site will ever forget. Her flight took off shortly after the plane went down and she flew over the wreckage. I remember him telling me that his family was heading to Disney Land and how excited he was. - Lucie Robichaud, Gordie Hill was our neighbour. Borys Szpakowicz​ - Todd Morin, Such sadness :( RIP to all. Inside Japan's new all-Nintendo theme park, Sydney COVID-19 cluster: Interactive graphics, Heartbroken travellers must isolate despite landing before SA border deadline, Prince Charles and Prince William's Christmas cards share their Christmas cards, Fashion mogul Peter Nygard arrested in Canada on sex trafficking charges, Canada health regulator approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. - Frank Bondi Provincial Constable (Retired)​. Property News: 11 things I learned about cleaning during lockdown - domain.com.au. My family lived on a sheep farm in Castlemore at what, as called 7th line, 10th sideroad at the time. 2001, c.25. Frederick Thompson Moore In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 photo, rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Marc Dicaire www.lovewhatmatters.com/my-mom-was-rita-my-sisters-were-carla-and-wendy-i-wasnt-on-the-plane-my-father-got-the-phone-call-woman-and-and-husband-overcome-grief-together-we-chose-to-live/​. - Don Droy. As the airplane approached the airport, the right wing struck the ground during its descent. I still remember waking up on that beautiful sunny July morning only to hear about the loss of the passengers and crew of Flight 621, many on their way to a holiday in LA. I stood at the second tee box of the golf course then known as Woodlands Golf Course and watched in horror as the plane tipped sideways, lost an engine and part of the wing. John Reginald Whittingham When his family informed Air-Canada, they crossed out my father's name, believing that it was the same person. 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