Jul 07, 2013
By Bob Sheppard
A memorial garden is being dedicated in Brampton today, (Sunday) honouring 109 people who were on an Air Canada DC-8 when it crashed July 5th, 1970.
It was a Sunday morning flight from Montreal to Los Angeles with a stop in Toronto.
It was just about to touch down at what was then called Toronto International Airport when the co-pilot mistakenly deployed the ground spoilers, which are only to be used after landing in order to brake the aircraft.
The sudden reduction in speed caused the aircraft to drop hard to the runway, causing an engine to break away from the wing. The pilots weren’t aware of that and tried to lift off again to re-gain control… But the plane then crashed into a nearby farm field in what is now Brampton