|The Winnipeg Sun had a nice article about her this morning. Maybe this can be posted to the Avcanada wall.
Pilot Hailed as Hero
I'm proud of her: sister-in-law
A pilot killed in a dramatic plane crash outside Osborne Village died doing what she loved, her sister-in-law said yesterday.
"She wanted to fly, and that was the best job she could ever have," said Anna Chase last night from her Geary, N.B., home.
Nancy Chase Allan, 49, of Moncton, died early yesterday morning after her single engine Cessna 208B crashed on a railway track.
Mother of two
Chase Allan, a five-year veteran of Morningstar Air Express, used to live in Winnipeg, where she was an instructor at Perimeter Aviation.
Allan said Chase Allan, a divorced mother of two grown children, had been flying for about seven years after spending nearly 20 years working as a legal secretary.
"I guess she has always had a love of wanting to fly and she finally got gutsy enough to quit her job and took it upon herself to take her training," Allan said. "I'm very proud of her."
The Cessna was owned by Morningstar and contracted by Federal Express. Flags at FedEx's Sargent Avenue office were flying at half-staff yesterday. Don Boettcher, Morningstar's director of operations, said the airline will help grieving family members however it can and make sure they have access to required counselling resources.
He hailed Chase Allan as a hero for narrowly avoiding nearby roadways, homes and businesses during her troubled descent.
"I would say that's extremely commendable on her part," said Boettcher. "From the time she came out of the cloud layer ... to when she landed, she wouldn't have had much time.
"But, like all pilots, she would have wanted to avoid areas where there would be people. That's a natural instinct for most pilots, to spare as many lives as possible."
Chase said her sister-in-law would have done anything to avoid hurting anyone else.
"If there was any possible way she would have done that," Chase said. "It's one thing losing her own life, but she would never have wanted to hurt anyone else."
When Chase Allan wasn't flying she was selling real estate in Moncton, Chase said.
For the past several months, Chase Alan drove two hours every weekend to be with her ailing mother in Geary, N.B., Allan said.
"She would be there every Saturday by 11 in the morning. Her mom could set her watch by it. That was her day to be with her mom. "She was a beautiful person."