Didi Henderson, one of the interview subjects in the documentary in The National’s Bomb on Board two-part documentary and the CBC’s Uncover podcast, said the CBC did Canadian Pacific Air Flight 21 justice.
“The National’s documentary was a concise overview of their investigation…hard to pack seven months into a news segment,” she said. “So much of this has been known to me for years, but they brought it to life and wove a compelling tale with archival footage and reports. It was not always easy to watch and listen, but it has been good to learn more about the incident that killed my father.”
CP Air Flight 21 blew up 40 minutes west of 100 Mile House on July 8, 1965, killing all 52 people on board. There were extensive investigations on the cause from the RCMP, the airline, coroners and the Ministry of Transportation. However, the mystery of who placed a bomb in the tail of the plane remains a mystery.
She said the podcast delved into many questions, along with raising some new ones that may be unanswerable.
The podcast and documentary were both presented by CBC’s Ian Hanomansing and Joanna Wagstaffe.
“I think the CBC did justice the story, presenting it from all sides and also gave a strong human element to it by including our experiences,” said Henderson.
Initial investigations narrowed the suspect to four people on the plane, but the CBC presented a ‘fifth man’ theory.
“I continue to personally speculate on who did this, though my field has narrowed thanks to some of what they [CBC] put forward.
An extended version of the National’s two-part documentary will be airing on the News Network at the following [Pacific] times:
Saturday, Dec. 15: 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: 2:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 17: 7:30 p.m.