Archives: No survivors after Flight 810 crashes

Sixty-two people die after Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 810 crashes onto the east side of 2,500-metre-high Mount Slesse near Chilliwack during bad weather.

The plane, a four-engine Canadair North Star, was headed back to Vancouver after losing power in two engines. Among the dead are five football players returning from the CFL All-Star Game and a mystery man named Kwan Songwho was rumoured to be carrying a small fortune in cash.

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Mount Slesse is known to locals as "the Fang."

 

Nobody knew what happened to the plane until five months later when a mountaineer named Elfrida Pigou discovered the crash site. The rugged terrain made it too difficult to recover all the human remains. It wasn't until 1995 that the provincial government ordered a protective zone around the debris field and declared it a Heritage Wreck Site.

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