Sabena Crash 1946
Drawing of Sabena OO-CBG by Fernand Van de Plas of Belguim
On September 18, 1946 the first worldwide major civilian airline crash of an aeroplane, took place in Gander, Newfoundland. The stories we relate below are from news articles, personal experiences, research and official documentation of the rescue from US Coast Guard reports.
Two things of note; this was the first use of helicopters in a civilian aviation rescue operation in the world. The cemetery located at the crash site named St. Martin-In-The Woods was so titled in honour of Dr. Samuel Martin, a military doctor. Dr. Martin worked tirelessly at the scene of the accident helping the injured and was responsible for the saving of many lives.
We would like to thank the US Coast Guard Association and Lt. Col. Ted Morris USAF (retired) for their cooperation.