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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 190615
Last updated: 12 October 2021
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Date:16-DEC-1958
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic cf10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck Mk 5
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
Registration: 18499
MSN: C-100/5/399
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Strait of Georgia, Comox, British Columbia -   Canada
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RCAF Station Comox, British Columbia
Destination airport:RCAF Station Comox British Columbia
Narrative:
CF-100 18499 of 409 Squadron suffered a double flame out near RCAF Station Comox at night and in bad weather conditions. The pilot, F/O Callahan and navigator F/O J. McLaren both ejected. A second CF-100 was below 18499, but they were unaware of the events above them until they landed. When their aircraft was refuelled, they requested permission to search for the downed airmen, a very hazardous situation in the dark, a low ceiling and over water. Ground radar had plotted an approximate location of the bail out and the crew of the searching CF-100 soon spotted a light in the ocean, although they were not sure if it was a boat. They reported the bearing to the RCMP who launched a rescue boat from Campbell River. They battled heavy seas, but found F/O Callahan two hours later, alive in his dinghy. Although the ejection seat and helmet of F/O McLaren were located, his body was never found.

Sources:

Canucks Unlimited, Page 62
http://www.canaero.ca/subpages/Article%20content/westcoastinterceptor.html
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/80002793?John%20McLaren


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Oct-2016 06:44 yukonjack Added
15-Mar-2019 17:39 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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