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5662 Alta Lake Road

A page of handwritten notes about 5662 Alta Lake Road, Lot 24. The information however is the story of the Brock family and several others that were killed in a plane crash in the Alta Lake area. Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Walter Brock is often referred to as Dean Brock due to his position at the University of British Columbia.

Alta Lake Plane Crash Fonds

  • WA_1998_037
  • Fonds
  • 1935

Photocopied portfolio of photographs and newspaper clippings of Alta Lake plane crash (1935). Each page contains information regarding the plane crash that claimed the life of R.W. Brock and three others shortly after taking off from Alta Lake (Whistler), BC on July 30, 1935. The 13 pages of information includes pictures taken shortly after the crash depicting how the plane landed nose down on a stump. The impact of the nose dive and subsequent crash onto the stump resulted in a force which ripped the engine from its mounts causing the engine to fall onto its occupants, crushing two of them on impact, including R.W. Brock, and claiming the life of the other two occupants shortly thereafter.

Alta Lake Plane Crash Prints

Prints made from negatives taken by Myrtle Philip of the 1935 Alta Lake plane crash in which a Boeing C-204 Thunderbird operated by Pioneer Airways crashed on the South West side of Alta Lake on July 30, 1935. The Pilot was William R. McCluskey, and the passengers were Mildred and Reginald Walter Brock, and David Sloan.

Brent Wallace Notes

A collection of notes, photos, and book excerpts related to the first aircraft to land on Alta Lake in 1922, as well as the Brock family fatal aircraft accident beside Alta Lake in 1935. Also included is the Rainbow Lodge guest register from 1922.

Bush Flying to Blind Flying 1930-1940

An excerpt from PeterCorley-Smith's book Bush Flying to Blind Flying 1930-1940 in which the author Peter Corley-Smith describes the 1935 plane crash on Alta Lake which took the lives of all onboard, pilot Bill McCluskey, and passengers Mildred and Reginald Walter Brock, and David Sloan.