1 Photograph; b&w; 17 x 11.5 cm
Mrs. Winnifred Coyle and Ellen with Mrs. Davey Scott walking the Aldermere-Telkwa trail. Information written on back of both cards. Notations also written on front of post card. Writing with arrow indicating Ellen Coyle reads "Aldermere's first baby."
Two company aircraft, each carrying a party of hunters, departed the seaplane base on Tyee Lake near Smithers, bound for separate camps located relatively close together. The Otter was bound for Tatlatui Lake, 260 kilometres to the north. DJA, the larger of the two aircraft, was loaded with equipment belonging to both groups. As well as the pilot (Emil Mesich) and four hunters and this equipment, it also carried two 200 litre fuel drums. The pilot was to drop off his passengers and then fly to the other camp. He did not arrive. An ELT signal was heard by the pilot of the smaller aircraft on his return flight to Tyee Lake. The Otter had crashed ten minutes after takeoff. As well as the 55-year-old Mesich, four men from Illinois were killed: Dan Bonaguidi, 42, Steven Bonaguidi, 38, and John Marconi, 41, and Jay Ford Blunck, 42. (Source: "Saturday Sept. 18 1982" by Shelia Peters https://sheilapeters.com/2017/09/20/saturday-sept-18-1982. Accessed Nov 22 2019)
"Five Die in Plane Crash". Interior News, September 22 1982
"Saturday Sept. 18 1982" by Shelia Peters https://sheilapeters.com/2017/09/20/saturday-sept-18-1982. Accessed Nov 22 2019
History Of Use
Ignition switch from De Havilland Otter that crashed on September 18 1982. Plane crashed a few metres below Danny Moore Creek near its confluence with Driftwood Creek. Local pilot Emil Mesich and his four passengers were killed.