On this day: The Moose Jaw Air Crash (April 8th, 1954)
The Moose Jaw Air Crash: On April 8, 1954, a Harvard RCAF trainer and a Trans-Canada North Star collided over the city of Moose Jaw, killing 36 passengers and 1 woman on the ground. The largest fragment of the airliner narrowly missed an elementary school. Bodies and debris littered the city's fair grounds and golf course. In the days following, there were charges and counter charges surrounding the RCAF's contention that the air above the city was theirs and the TCA's claim that the RCAF's aircraft routinely buzzed commercial flights. While the inquiry reached no solid conclusion, commercial flights above Moose Jaw were rerouted and the city's air space was deemed off limits to passenger aircraft.