Canadian Midair Kills Five, Beaver Also Down
As more details become clear the mystery of how two airplanes could collide in the middle of rural Saskatchewan has Canadian officials puzzled. We also received word late that a DeHavilland Beaver on floats went down with five aboard on a highway in southern British Columbia with near Peachland. Meanwhile, police, Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board are investigating how a Lake Buccaneer and a Piper Cherokee came together near the tiny town of St. Brieux, Saskatchewan (population 492) on Saturday, killing both occupants of the Buc and all three on the Cherokee. St. Brieux is a small rural community about 125 miles northeast of the nearest large town, Saskatoon. St. Brieux has an airport, however, and that's where the Cherokee was headed from Nanton, near Calgary in the adjacent province of Alberta. Initial reports said the collision occurred near the airport.
The Lake was en route from Regina, about 150 miles south of the crash scene, to La Ronge, about 150 miles north. The region is sparsely populated farmland with lots of wilderness and lakes and not much air traffic. The wreckage sites were about a mile apart.