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For Immediate Release

Posted: March 2, 2007

Chilliwack Library Hosts Talk About Disaster on Mount Slesse

Join Betty O’Keefe and Ian Macdonald, authors of the BC bestseller Disaster on Mount Slesse (Caitlin Press, $21.95), for a gripping talk about western Canada’s worst aviation crash. They will be appearing at The Chilliwack Public Library, 45860 First Avenue in Chilliwack, on Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm.

Mount Slesse, a jagged 2,500-metre peak near Chilliwack, BC, known locally as “The Fang” lived up to its evil reputation on December 9, 1956, when Trans Canada Airlines Flight 810 slammed into it, killing all 62 aboard. For five months nobody knew what happened. Flight 810 had just disappeared into the night. Adding to the sensation was the fact that the flight carried five professional football players fresh from the CFL All Star game in Vancouver and a mystery man by the name of Kwan Song who was rumoured to be carrying a sizeable fortune in cash. Finally on May 10, 1957, a diminutive female mountaineer named Elfrida Pigou discovered the gruesome crash site, setting off a stampede of macabre treasure hunters. It wasn’t until May 25, 1995, that the BC government placed a protective zone around the debris field, declaring it a Heritage Wreck Site. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of this historic tragedy, Betty O’Keefe and Ian Macdonald have written Disaster on Mount Slesse, a gripping, blow-by-blow account of the airplane crash that carefully examines its context, causes and aftermath.

Betty O’Keefe and Ian Macdonald are journalists based in Vancouver who have collaborated on ten popular history books including The Mulligan Affair: Top Cop on the Take and The Final Voyage of the Princess Sophia.

This event is sponsored by the Chilliwack Public Library, a member of the Fraser Valley Regional Library System. For more information, or to reserve a seat for the event, please call the library at 604-792-1941.