Obit of the Day: "Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice"
Ches Tebbo lived in Newfoundland. Like many of the blue collar men in the province he had to travel to find work. For Tebbo that meant heading to Inuit territory to earn a salary. His “commute” involved flying first from Newfoundland to Yellowknife, taking nearly twelve hours on three flights. From Yellowknife to Resolute Bay is another four hours. Tebbo, and others like him, would spend months away from their families to earn money to send home.
During the second week of August, Tebbo’s boss bought him a ticket home to Newfoundland to serve as a pallbearer in his sister’s funeral. After returning to Yellowknife, he boarded First Air Flight 6560 for the flight to Resolute Bay. Flight 6560 never landed, crashing into a hill a few miles short of the runway. Of the fifteen passengers and crew on board, twelve died, including Ches Tebbo. (Of the survivors, one was a seven-year-old girl.)
Tebbo, who died on his birthday at the age of 49, had survived a previous incident in December 2008 where his flight home from Yellowknife overshot the runway on landing. There were no fatalities but it made Tebbo forever nervous about taking to the air, telling friends “I know lightning doesn’t strike twice, but I’m afraid.”
(Image courtesy of jet-air.net)