On October 30, 1941, an American Airlines DC-3, the Flagship Erie, spiralled out of control, crashed and burned before the eyes of horrified witnesses near the town of St Thomas, ON. All twenty on board died instantly. The crash was the worst airline disaster in Canada at the time and the worst for American Airlines.
Decades after the crash, aviation historian Robert D Schweyer undertook his own inquiry, examining all the evidence amassed by the official investigations, as well as interviewing residents of the area and descendants of the victims. His work concluded that the reasons for the crash can only remain a mystery, but he shone light upon the human aspects of an event that marked witnesses and participants for life and left a sad gap in the families of the victims who perished in this horrible event.
This was the last research project Robert was working on when he passed suddenly in 2010. The Schweyer Family went ahead and published this work with the final memory of his life of research and passion to relive aviation history.