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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 - THB ICTHBRIDGE HERA ID - Wedneiday, January 20, 1971- Investigator tells story at plane crash inquest BRAMPTON, Ont. (CP) - A federal transport department air accident investigator attempted today to put an end to theories that the pilot and copilot of an Air Canada jet liner that crashed July 5 north of Toronto were sitting in the wrong seats. Allan Clark, a member of the operations group that investigated the disaster which claimed the lives of all 109 persons aboard, was testifying at an inquest. Mr. Clark said there was "no doubt at all" that Captain Peter Pioneer Alberta doctor dies EDMONTON (CP) - Morris C. Adamson, 79, a pioneer Alberta doctor, died here about a month after suffering a heart attack. Dr. Adamson was born in Ontario in 1891 and came West with his parents the same year and was a passenger on the first train between Calgary and Edmonton. His father, Rev. W. W. Adamson was en route to an Indian missionary post in the Smoky Lake district, northeast of Edmonton. Dr. Adamson practiced medicine at Colonel Mewburn Hospi-he moved to Edmonton to become director of physical medicine at Colonel Mewburn Hospital. He retired in 1961. Hamilton was sitting In the pilot's seat on the left side of the DC-8-63's cockpit and that First Officer Donald Rowland was in the co-pilot's seat on the right side. "The cockpit voice recorder leaves no doubt about that at all," said Mr. dark. "Air Canada doesn't condone changing seats though there is no department of transport regulation regarding it." Theories that the two men were sitting in each others seats when the jet liner slammed into a farmer's field north of Toronto International Airport arose from a report on medical evidence submitted to Dr. H. B. Cotnam, Ontario's supervising coroner, several months ago. The report, prepared by Dr. H. J. Barrie, a pathologist, said that the distribution of human remains in the remnants of the cockpit were circumstantial evidence that Captain Hamilton was sitting in the co-pilot seat. However, in testimony Tuesday at the inquest, Dr. Barrie said he believed his original assumption regarding the seating of the two men were incorrect. Dr. Cotnam, conducting the inquest in the Peel County Courthouse in this community 27 miles northwest of Toronto, spent the first two days of the hearing questioning transport department investigators a t some length about the possibility of wrong seating. Mr. Clark said two Air Canada ground employees at Montreal's Dorval airport saw the captain and co-pilot seated in their proper positions minutes before the letliner took off the morning of July 5 for Toronto. Plight 621, bound for Los Angeles with a short stop in Toronto, crashed three minutes after losing an engine during a landing attempt. Mr. Clark said the tape-recorded voices of Captain Hamilton and First Officer Rowland clearly indicated they were seated correctly. The voice recorder was recovered from the wreckage of the aircraft intact a few hours after the crash. Mr. Clark said the captain gave a number of commands to the first officer regarding equipment the co-pilot would normally have operated from the right side of Che cockpit as the passenger jet meared Toronto. The inquest was told Tuesday that the federal inquiry into the crash was misled by a complex string of events into believing First Officer Rowland had flecks of paint on his hand from the doomed jet's spoiler lever. Expert witnesses at the December inquiry who blamed First Officer Rowland for prematurely activating the spoilers, causing the crash, relied in part on the physical evidence of the yellow paint on his hand matching that on the spoiler lever. But the Inquest held by Ontario supervising coroner Dr. H. B. Cotnam, disclosed these major errors at the earlier inquiry into the crash which claimed 109 lives: SUPER SAVINGS EVERYDAY AT THRIFTWAY DRUGS O 3 at a I t 2 > O Z > js Family 99" FAMILY LAXATIVE large Family Six* ^1 I BAYER ASPIRIN 100s Suggested List 99c EXTRA SPECIAL DUNCAN HINES CAKE MIXES All FLAVOURS. EXTRA SPECIAL Open Daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Open Sundays and Holiday* 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m to 9 p.m.. SUPER SAVINGS AT . C Winnipeg........ * Toronto......... 8 Ottawa.......... 5 Montreal......... 3 St. John's........22 Halifax..........28 Charlottetown .... 15 Fredericton..... * LPre 20 .03 26 .. 13 .23 23 .02 11 .. 3 .. 27 .21 15 .01 34 .02 29 .. 21 .. 27 .. 24 .. 38 .. 10 .. 20 .01 .05 .02 -2 .02 �4 .05 17 .. 22 .07 7 .03 5 .06 New York....... 16 7 Miami.......... 63 35 Los Angeles..... 77 56 Las Vegas....... 74 51 Rome.......... 48 51 Paris............ 40 49 London......... 41 48 Berlin.......... 35 42 Amsterdam..... 37 46 Madrid......... 39 51 Tokyo......... 37 48 FORECAST Lethbridge, Calgary - Today: Chinook cloudiness with winds gustlng to 40. Thursday: Mainly clear. Lows near tero, highs 25-30. Medicine Hat - Today: A few clouds. Thursday: Mainly clear. Lows near zero. Highs 25-30. Colombia  Kootenay - Today: Sunny with a few cloudy periods. Thursday': Sunny with a few cloudy periods. A few snowflurries in the afternoon and evening. Highs today in high 30s. Lows tonight 15 - 25 above. Highs Thursday 30-35 above. jvaaM�yisfpr Absolute Reliability Alette The Big; ^Gbueffe mm Si--js_*lWU..Jkj*_TT,. WE WILL ACCEPT $1.00 PER BUSHEL FOR BARLEY ON PRESENT STOCKS GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES COUTTS HIGHWAY Phone 327-3165 OFFICIAL AS AT 9:00 A.M. TODAY COURTESY OF AMA AU highways in the Leth bridge district are covered with thin ice and moderately slippery. Highway 3, east, light snow. Highway 3, west, very thin ice, moderately slippery to Lundbreck. Lundbreck to the B.C. border, ice covered and very slippery. Highway 23, 25, 36 and 62 are snow covered with slippery sections. Highway 1, Trans Canada Highway, Calgary to Banff, generally good winter driving condition. Slippery sections to Gap Lake. From Gap Lake to Banff, very slippery, caution is advised. Banff to Golden had 1 inch of new snow, plowing and sanding in progress, slip- pery sections. Golden to Revel-stoke, had 1 to 4 inches of new snow, plowing and sanding in progress, with slippery sections, fair winter driving condition. Banff-Radium highway has l inch of new snow, plowing and sanding in progress, slippery. Banff-Jasper highway is closed due to slide, will be closed for a minimum of 48 hours. Creston-Salmo highway had 2 inches of new snow, plowing and sanding in progress, slippery. Motorists are reminded that good snow tires or chains are required when travelling through any mountain area. This invludes all ski-resort access areas. PORTS OK ENTRY (Opening and Closing Times): Coutts 24 hours: Carway 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST. Del Bonita 9 a.m to 6 p.m.; Rooseville, B.C. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgale, B 1 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts 8 a.m. to midnight. Chief Mountain ciosed Wildhorse, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to the inclement weather last week and for the convenience of our many out-of-town customers who couldn't get to town ccuiRE'ST"8 ANNUAl WEAR JANUARY CLEARANCE SALE CONTINUES DOWNTOWN on FIFTH STREET SOUTH "Open Till 9 p.m. Thursday" FOR 1 MORE WEEK! Be sure to Shop Us and take advantage of the many great clothing buys offered with savings up to 50% off. ;