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Seaboard & Western Airlines Accident

 

We recently received some photos from a Ms. Dawn Kelly in Ontario whose father had taken, of an aircraft accident while working in Gander in 1954-55. Her father, Mr. Ted Kelly, worked for Pentagon Construction who were contracted by the military to build/install the radar equipment at the RCAF base.

We have made inquires just what had happened to the DC4 but were unable to get any information. It appears from the photos, the aircraft was taxied off the runway into a drainage ditch at a low speed. The damage to the DC4 would lead to that conclusion. It is quite likely that the airplane was repaired and flown out some time later. Aircraft maintenance at Gander was very skilled. During this time period, such accidents where considered as minor and didn't warrant much investigation. Probably the reason for the lack of recorded information.

The slide show will show the famous Paul Bunyan crane in action, something that was a rarity. Also note that a second crane was also used to assist.

 

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Photos contributed by Dawn Kelly (Ted Kelly)

 

 

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