LONGUE-POINTE-DE-MINGUE, Que. — Canadian divers believe they may have discovered the wreckage of a U.S. air force seaplane that crashed in the St. Lawrence River in 1942.
Nine people were aboard the PBY-5A Catalina when it went down near the village of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan in eastern Quebec.
Four crew members were able to get out of the plane and were found by local fishermen.
The five other people were trapped inside the amphibious aircraft, which was based at Presqu’Ile Maine and serviced an airfield in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan.
Sonar results indicate the seaplane is in good condition and that human remains may be found.
Federal cabinet minister Christian Paradis was at the scene on Thursday along with U.S. diplomats.
“This is a very significant discovery,” said Paradis, who was acting on behalf of Environment Minister Jim Prentice.
“This plane is a testament to the collaboration between Canada and the U.S. during the Second World War. It also rekindles memories of courage and strength for the community of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan in Quebec, which was involved in the rescue of four survivors of the downed plane, and it reminds us of the courage and sacrifices experienced by all those who don the uniform.”