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"Published Record - Eric Alfred Pearson."
Subject: Eric Alfred Pearson
Name of publication: Montreal Newspaper, Quebec, Canada.
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date: February 1956
Click here to view the second of three newspaper clippings about the airplane crash.
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Summary of Accident Details:
Date of crash: February 14, 1956
Aircraft Type: Douglas C-47-DL (Also know as a civilian DC-3 aircraft.)
Operator: Spartan Air Services
Registration Number: CF-BZH
C/c / msn: 6079
Departure Airport: Frobisher Bay Airport, NU (YFB/CYFB), Canada
Destination Airport: Kuujjuaq-Fort Chimo Airport, QC (YVP/CYVP), Canada
Crash Location: 40km (25 miles) Northwest of Fort Chimo, Quebec, Canada
Aboard: 3 (Passengers: 0 Crew: 3)
Fatalities: 2 (passenger: 0 Crew: 2)
Airplane Damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Airplane Fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Summary: Crashed on a ferry flight.
The below was written by Eric Charles Pearson, the son of Eric Alfred Pearson:
My father, Eric Alfred Pearson, was the sole survivor of a plane crash during the middle of winter in northern Quebec, Canada. The chief pilot was Harold "Whitey" Evans Dahl, a world famous fighter ace and aerial soldier of fortune. The flight engineer was Walter Givens.
My father was in the back of the plane making sure the cargo was securely tied down as they were flying through a snowstorm. At this time, the pilot and flight engineer couldn't see anything outside the cockpit windows, and the plane was loosing some altitude. It was then the plane crashed onto a frozen lake instantly killing both the pilot and flight engineer. The impact was so violent the body of the flight engineer had been thrown through the front cockpit window. As for my father, he sustained some minor bruising and a black eye when he was thrown from the back to the forward section of the airplane.
My father was the only one still alive, and the only structure he had for protection from the Artic winter was the aircraft tail section that had broken off during the crash. Despite the situation, my father managed to use the aircraft cargo and netting to build a barrier wall within the aircraft tail section entrance. Also, he managed to recover and place the body of the flight engineer into a sleeping bag.
My father prayed to be rescued as each day pass into another long Artic night, for it was in the dark of night when the polar bears would periodically show up and attempt to kill and eat him.
It was three and a half days later when my father was rescued, and it was on the last day before the search was going to be discontinued.
Harold "Whitey" Evans Dahl was born June 29, 1909, in Sidney, Champaign County, Illinois.
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