A tip police received about human remains still at a site of an airplane crash in the 1950s has been determined false.
Ridge Meadows RCMP followed up on information posted on YouTube that suggested human remains were still at the site of a 1953 airplane crash that killed all aboard a Canadian Armed Forces’ plane.
The crash site is located on a mountain in the Widgeon Creek area, and is only accessible by air.
“Police checked with the Department of National Defence, and it was believed that all of the victims of the crash had been recovered,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.
On Friday, Sept. 14, police used a helicopter to reach the remote area and to see if there were in fact human remains.
According to police the area still has a snow pack which covers some of the scene. Investigators combed the area around the plane’s debris, but no evidence of human remains were located.
“We received information from a group of extreme hikers who posted a video on YouTube that suggested some human remains were missed in the original recovery and these were still at the site,” said Insp. Dave Fleugel. “With the area being so remote, it took a lot of planning and preparation. We are quite satisfied that the complaint we received was incorrect.”
Previous attempts to attend the scene had been unsuccessful due to severe snow cover at the site.
“Attending the scene of the crash was obviously a somber experience, considering that five airmen lost their lives at the location. However, we had to make the attempt in order to ensure that none of their remains were still at scene. Thankfully, the report proved false,” confirmed Const. Mathew Condon.