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Fishing guide killed in Labrador crash was terrified of DHC-2 Beaver planes, son says

Dwayne Winsor hated flying on 50-plus-year-old floatplanes, and sometimes joked about how would die onboard one of them.Now, in the wake of four fatal de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver crashes in just over a week, his family is questioning why he was allowed to fly on them in the first place.Winsor, 47, has been identified as one of two Newfoundland and Labrador men who died in a Beaver crash at Mistastin Lake in northern Labrador last week."He'd joke about it, like, 'I'm going to die on one of those planes.' And then it happened," his son, Curtis Saunders, told CBC News.Saunders said his father called the planes "old" and "rickety." Indeed, the Beaver was built between 1948 and 1967, but some aviation experts maintain they are still the best planes for flying in and out of remote places.Dwayne Winsor was afraid of flying on DHC-2 Beaver aircraft, like the one pictured here, and sometimes joked about them crashing. (Air Saguenay/Facebook)The family has listened to Air Saguenay President Jean Tremblay say the downed plane was fine, the pilot was experienced and the weather was good.Saunders questions if, 52 years after the last Beaver was built, the plane is still the best tool to use for a remote part of northern Labrador that can only be reached by air."Even if hypothetically, best case scenario, the planes are sound, the pilots are experienced, maybe it's just a matter of using the wrong tool," he said. "You can keep saying you have a perfect screwdriver, but it means nothing if you actually need to be using a drill."> It's possible he survived the crash and died just waiting.- Curtis SaundersTwo people were killed in central Ontario on July 11 when a Beaver went down in Hawk Junction.The next day, three people were killed and one was injured in Chibougamau, Que., when a Beaver plane struck some trees while flying too low.On July 15, an Air Saguenay plane crashed in Mistastin Lake carrying one pilot and six passengers — including Dwayne Winsor. The coast guard recovered three bodies from the water the following day, while the search continues for the remaining four men.It was the fourth Air Saguenay crash since 2010. Three of those crashes were fatal.On Friday, a fourth Beaver plane crashed on takeoff near Homer, Alaska ...Read more

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