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Disaster on Mount Slesse: The Story of Western Canada's Worst Air Crash [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Betty O'Keefe , Ian Macdonald

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Book Description

Oct. 31 2006
Mount Slesse, a jagged 2,500-metre peak near Chilliwack BC known locally as "The Fang," lived up to its evil reputation on December 9, 1956, when Trans Canada Airlines Flight 810 slammed into it, killing all 62 aboard. For five months nobody knew what happened. Flight 810 had just disappeared into the night. Adding to the sensation was the fact that the flight carried five professional football players fresh from the CFL All Star game in Vancouver and a mystery man by the name of Kwan Song who was rumoured to be carrying a sizeable fortune in cash. Finally on May 10, 1957, a diminutive female mountaineer named Elfrida Pigou discovered the gruesome crash site, setting off a stampede of macabre treasure hunters. It wasn't until May 25, 1995, that the BC government placed a protective zone around the debris field, declaring it a Heritage Wreck Site. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of this historic tragedy, Betty O'Keefe and Ian Macdonald have written a gripping, blow-by-blow account of western Canada's worst aviation disaster, carefully examining its context, causes and aftermath.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Caitlin; Advance Reading Copy edition (Oct. 31 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894759214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894759212
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Betty O'Keefe and Ian Macdonald tell the heart-rending story in gripping fashion... Rich in detail...Disaster on Mount Slesse makes for poignant reading and is a fitting tribute to the memory of those whose resting place is high on the peaceful slope of a mountain."
--Gord McNulty, The Hamilton Spectator (The Hamilton Spectator)

About the Author

O'Keefe was a newspaper reporter, corporate communications manager, and currently has her own communications business.


Ian MacDonald was a songwriter, a record producer, and the author of "The Beatles at No. 1," "The New Shostakovich," and "The People's Music," He died in 2003.

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