|While negotiations were underway with the Post Office to obtain a contract
to carry mail between Victoria and Vancouver,
the company commenced operations by forming a flying school and placed an order
for a Ford Tri-motor (below) in order to open an air service between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.
In August 25, 1928, the Tri-motor was lost when it plunged into the Strait of Juan de Fuca while
flying through dense smoke from a forest fire.
The pilot, Harold Walker and the co-pilot, R.L. Carson, and five passengers were all killed in the crash.