I was 15 and living in Toronto when we heard about this tragedy. The aircraft fuel gauges were inoperative, and prior to the accident flight, a maintenance crew had miscalculated the amount of fuel on board, and as a result the flight crew believed that they had more than twice the amount of fuel than was actually on the aircraft. - Todd Morin, Such sadness :( RIP to all. We immediately packed up and headed home. Image source: Trevor Ogle. It is great to finally see acknowledgment of this tragic event 50 years ago. I remember him telling me that his family was heading to Disney Land and how excited he was. It seemed impossible. Celia Sultan Irene Marguerite Houston Winnie G. McKettrick I will NEVER forget it. Edgar Bradley Witmer R​onald Alvin Herrmann The Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft came down shortly after taking off from Kamloops Airport, in … My father was on the Air Canada 831 plane crash in Ste. Everyone stopped talking. Suzie Wong We also extend prayers of condolences, consolation, and healing to their families and friends. We were away at the time. My husband was Military Police Forces and I remember well how they went directly to the site, to help. In memory of the passengers and crew of Flight 621 who lost their lives in this field on July 5, 1970. I would like to send my sincere condolences out to everyone affected by this tragic event. Myself and my partner, were with Ontario Provincial Police, working dayshift on that fateful morning and were some of the first Officers on the scene. 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. -, So sorry to hear about this. When his family informed Air-Canada, they crossed out my father's name, believing that it was the same person. Aline Legault Robert -. I remember being saddened by the news. 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. I said to the family "A wing just fell off that plane!" It was an amazing read....so powerfully expressed and so accurately describing how I felt. On July 5, 1970, a devastating event occurred changing the lives of many. A crash is coming not just for Air Canada, but the markets in general. Air Canada and lawyers for the pilots aboard the flight on the night of the crash also opposed the request. This was no small plane! Life can be taken away in an instant,let us treasure the times we have with our loved ones. In honour of the 50th anniversary, the park where the crash occurred has officially been renamed to Purple Lilac Memorial Park. "It was complete chaos. Condolences to all the remaining family members. Je l'ai appris par mon amie qui m'a téléphoné car on étaient supposé aller se baigner. - Daisy Marskell​, I was 9 years old at the time and remember quite vividly when this occurred. Repose toujours en paix. When I walked into my parents home on 37th, Mary Hill was sitting talking to my Mother. Gabriel Des Marais Together we have raised our wonderful children, Naomi 45, Seth 43 and Jeremy 34. People were yelling and screaming. Pierre and Catherine Szpakowicz and your mom! - Respectfully submitted by Bob Russell, Orillia, Ontario, Member of the OPPVA # 5 District. Carnis Ann Partridge I can still visualize that sight. To those victims and their families, you are not nor ever will be forgotten. Parents were talking and I was quiet, just looking out of the windows. I wholeheartedly support the role the City took on in creating and maintaining the memorial. I am glad to see recognition of a permanent nature. "This is a developing situation," Canadian Air Forces said in a statement. RIP to all the victims. Andrée Partridge Air Canada Flight 621 left Montreal, Quebec at 7:17 am with 100 passengers and nine crew members on board. -, Fifty years have gone by quickly. 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. Imaginez, lors de nos premiers appels chez Air-Canada, ils nous on dit que papa n'était pas à bord. Then I saw a huge explosion as the plane crashed. Mary Benson The subsequent investigation found that a late … I will always remember Rita (Mrs Weinberg), and Carla and Wendy with love and a great feeling of loss. It totally destroyed my father, devastated our entire family, and left me with a lifetime of grief. -, 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. God bless all those who perished and my deepest condolences to all the families they left behind. 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. The flight from Montreal to Toronto was not an easy one. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary next year. The silence was over. 1966/67. express to her, and all the families who suffered profound lo, urple Lilac Memorial Park has beautifully memorialized 109 glorious lives. My admiration goes out to those, some I know personally, who worked endlessly over decades to ensure that this dignified memorial became a reality. After this second accident, the Federal Aviation Administration launched an overhaul of the way planes were de-iced — one that the investigation into the Air Ontario crash had already recommended. Even at the time of such a tragedy, Mary Hill still had her sense of humour - and Gordie was just like his Mother!! Pierre et Catherine Szpakowicz De Claude Perron Viau. Peter Cameron Hamilton 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. 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/​. 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 . "It was pretty bad, the whole lawn was on fire. Amateur video has captured the terrifying moment a Canadian Air Force jet on a national tour fell from the sky and crashed … Mary Baker Whybro Carla Weinberg That's how hectic it was.". Flight 621. At both events I met so many lovely families who told their stories. I remember hearing of the crash and coul, dn’t understand how he could just be gone in an instant. At about Weston Rd, I was looking towards the airport and saw the plane, not thinking anything was unusual, except that it looked very low. - ​. Speaking for myself, but confident that others would agree, this tragedy left many people feeling shattered, traumatized, alone and confused. - D. Huxtable, H. Gordon Hill was my father, and 2nd officer of that fateful flight. Toronto (Canada) (AFP) - A member of an elite Canadian air force aerobatics team died and another was injured when their plane crashed Sunday in Canada's west during a … -, Thank you City of Brampton for this beautiful memorial for such a tragedy and for making this a designated historical landmark. It was horrific. Comments Share your thoughts and debate the big issues. I was young but I remember you from your father and from Serge !! Air-Canada ne nous avait pas téléphoné car il y a eut une méprise sur son nom, un autre passager du nom de Gilles Raymond est monté à bord à la dernière minute et n'avait pas inscrit le nom de ce jeune homme sur la liste. Again my 10 year brain could not register the enormity of what had just happened. 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 … We the Perron family and your neighbors and friends have been talking about you often since the tragedy on July 5, 1970! I had flown with both Yolande Daoust and Suzanne Dion, both lovely ladies! Nous l'avons su seulement en fin d'après-midi. R.I.P. "The house was all burnt and charred, the roof was caving in," he said. Funny, kind Dad. 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. My 10 year old brain figured that it was a plane from the United States celebrating the 4th of July but a day later since we were in Canada. Lionel Robidoux Helen Benson Athanasia Tournovits "Our number one priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel, the community, and supporting emergency personnel. I finally talked myself into having the courage to read it last month. I am very pleased to see the beautiful memorial park and I am glad there will be a 50th anniversary commemoration this July 5th. Vision from the scene showed one person managing to eject themselves from the plane while another was rescued from the roof of the house. for those who lost loved ones on flight GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. *​** ​, 50 years already and I have never forgotten! Property News: 11 things I learned about cleaning during lockdown - domain.com.au. On July 5 1970 I had just finished teaching my first school year and was moving to join my new husband in Sarnia. The plane crashed off the runway and into Flushing Bay, killing 27 of the 51 people on board. I had visited Canada before, in Especially MT Ginette Bertrand. I learned about it from my friend who called me because we were supposed to go swimming. Denise Goulet Thank you to the City of Brampton for this beautiful memorial. -. This horrific loss has had an impact for 50 years, and it will go on to have an impact for many years to come. No one was killed in the plane crash, which occurred in bad weather. First Air Flight 6560 was a domestic charter flight that crashed on landing at Resolute, Nunavut, Canada, on 20 August 2011. Celia moved to my home in Los Angeles after our honeymoon. Marie-Rose Desjardins Leclaire She told us that she had asked Gordie what he did as 2nd officer and his reply was to be sure the water in the toilets was the right colour of blue. The City of Brampton is in the process of designating the site as a cultural heritage resource under the Ontario Heritage Act. My hope is that the memories are still vivid while the pain has subsided. I am pleased that there is a memorial garden, site honouring the victims of Air Canada Flight 621. Marci Silverberg Martial Raymond C'était l'été de mes 16 ans...  ***, My dad Martial Raymond was on board. 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. 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. Merle Silverberg Suddenly the wing exploded and fell off. Man Sing Wong Céline Fradette ​Adam The memorial section of the park includes a plaque listing the victim’s names and reads, in English and French: “In memory of passengers and crew of Flight 621 who lost their lives in this field on July 5, 1970”. Rosanne Bélanger 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. Vito Marziliano (Pastor, St. Patrick's Wildfield), RIP To all who were lost on that horrific day. Carla Medizza was 6 years old. -, 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. Posted Dec 15, 2020 11:44 am MST. -, 50 ans déjà et je n ai jamais oublié! Helene Bélanger I visited the site with my daughter so as to pass the memories of those lives on to her. Lots of love for those who remember and still fell the lost. We were dispatched to a report of  a“small plane” gone down! Pierre Et Catherine Szpakowicz et votre maman ! I was in the backseat with my sister. "Just boom, straight down, and then a burst of black, black smoke.". By David Noland and Barbara Peterson. 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. 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. One stewardess Yolande Daoust, was a girl of my course in October 1966, charming girl always smiling, I remember her very well !! My condolences. We first met during the summer of 1965 at a resort in the Catskills in upstate New York. Gilles Dicaire J ai souvenir du dernier concert au chalet de Valleyfield la veille du départ de votre père et de Serge ! Steven Phillip Silverberg, Dwight L. Smith After that moment, all I saw were lots and lots of cars driving towards the crash site. Fortunately for me, I met a wonderful, compassionate woman Sonya the following year and we were married in August 1971. joined Air Canada as a stewardess in February 1965; yes I remember it was a very sad day. I was less than 2 months old at the time. Pierre and Catherine Szpakowicz. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft came down shortly after taking off from Kamloops Airport, in British Columbia, just before midday on Sunday. My condolences to the family of those who lost their lives in this tragic crash. - Lorna (Gall) Shackell ​, ​Gord Hill's mum was my next door neighbour on Broadway in Lachine. The image of that plane going down will be with me forever. She told me about the crash. 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. . Glenn Thomas Steppings Our familles were marked by this tragedy that we will never forget . I am proud Brampton has honoured your lives with a beautiful memorial garden. Proud to live in Brampton​. Antonio C Molino It was life changing. Frederik A. J. Tielens Always remembering my Dear Aunt Rita and Cousins Carla and Wendy ..... as well as my Uncle Saul whose spirit perished on that terrible day. - Lucie Robichaud, Gordie Hill was our neighbour. Oscar Leclaire 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. Our family traveled to be in LA with him over the following Christmas. Leonard Benson 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. - Rosanna Broderick ​, My condolence to all the families left behind from the tragic loss of life. It is a day that I will never forget. Thank you. The crash was the deadliest in Canadian … 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. We were 9 years old at the time. It was a scene and a task none of us who worked the site will ever forget. My kids and I visited the site and watched the terrific video upon arriving. - ​, I heard about the crash when I was in Yorkshire England with my girlfriend. The worst crash in Canada’s modern air force occurred on 30 October 1991. I think my childhoood ended that day. TORONTO -- Video has emerged showing the moment an Air Canada plane hits another aircraft on the tarmac in Toronto. landed immigrant, with my wife and two children. Let the souls live in peace in heaven. Linda Dicaire Donald Rowland So sorry to hear about this. An Air Ontario Fokker F28. May they Rest In Peace. My thoughts are always with you. We were at the airport to send my older sister off to visit friends in Chicago. In addition, he wanted to leave on July 4 but there was no room. Gordie, like his Mother had a terrific sense of humour. Gustav A. Maitz 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. Air Canada Flight 621 left Montreal, Quebec at 7:17 am with 100 passengers and nine crew members on board. Special adviser Ralph Goodale reports on Canada's response to Iran plane crash. 1963: Trans-Canada Air Lines crash kills 118 Just four minutes after liftoff, flight 831 crashes outside Montreal. They are placed in clusters to represent the family members on the plane together.​​​​​​​​. J'ai perdu mon oncle, ce jour là. Air Canada plane crashes on runway at Halifax airport. I have never forgotten that weekend! Gilles Raymond I can't begin to imagine the suffering of the loved ones who were not on the plane. 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. Jerald Mark Sultan And then came the call from Diarmuid with the memorial concept. - Gerdina Snoek Olson, It's a tragic day that I'll never forget. They will never be forgotten. Their flight home to Los Angeles ended tragically when the plane crashed in a field outside Toronto. - ​, I have lived in Castlemore for over 30 years and have heard of this tragic event. Brigitte Rodrigue Des Marais I was 10 years old in 1970. Because it was a Sunday, both of us talked to our parents back here in Toronto and learned what had happened. 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. It was the greatest loss of life for Canadians in an air crash since an Air India flight blew up over the Atlantic Ocean in 1985, killing 268 Canadians. Watch the Stan Original film A Sunburnt Christmas now on Stan. A friend called my husband that morning to see if I had flown to Los Angeles. For those who were lost on Flight 621 R.I.P. Let the souls live in peace in heaven.​​​ - Borendra Sanyal ​. 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. 2001, c.25. Blanche St-Laurent Madeleine Grenier, Diana Cicely Growse We had hedges of them around our home which dad tended. We only knew about it in the late afternoon. J. W. (Jack) McTague Robert Lowell Sultan Reginald Whittingham The aircraft was a four-engine Douglas DC-8-54CF airliner, registered CF-TJN. - Anne Proscia, My memories of that event was a lot of sadness. I’ll never forget. When appropriate, more information will be made available.". Celia grew up in Montreal. 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. 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. Sincères amitiés à Yves, Michel, Pierre et Caroline ainsi qu à leurs familles. Linda Filippone John Reginald Whittingham 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. That ghoulish behavior has stayed with me all these years. Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 831 was a flight from Montréal–Dorval International Airport to Toronto International Airport on November 29, 1963. - Frank Bondi Provincial Constable (Retired)​. - 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 . The information will be used to administer the Air Canada Flight 621 Crash Online Book of Memories and Condolences. We witnessed this plane crash from our car as we were driving westbound on the 401. We were married in Montreal in 1967. If you can hear this message wherever you are please accept my deepest thoughts. Gaétan Beaudin I pray for those who lost their lives and for all the r, took several weeks to complete. It then appeared to plunge into the front of a house before bursting into flames. I will always remember that terrible day on July 5 1970. 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