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Car Crash Kills Canadian Pilot, Injures Two Others

September 25, 1988 GMT

RECTOR, Pa. (AP) _ A member of the Snowbirds, Canada’s precision military aerobatic team, was killed Saturday and two other team members were injured in a one-car crash, police said.

Capt. Wesley A. MacKay, 28, of Alberta, was killed when his car went out of control around 1 a.m. Saturday on a private driveway owned by Rolling Rock Farms, said police spokeswoman Letty Vella.

A front-seat passenger, Capt. Paul Giles, 28, of Ottawa, Ontario, was in critical condition at Presybterian-University Hospital in Pittsburgh with massive internal injuries, facial fractures and head injuries, a nursing supervisor said.


A passenger in the back seat, Capt. Kenneth L. Rae, 31, of Toronto, was taken to Latrobe Area Hospital for treatment of a broken leg, a broken clavical, cuts and abrasions.

The trio was driving down a driveway at the exclusive estate, in the southeastern suburb of Pittsburgh, when MacKay failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, Mrs. Vella said. The car then struck a large tree, spun around and struck a second tree broadside, she said.

All three were wearing seatbelts, she said.

The men are members of the Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, also known as the Snowbirds. They were to perform Saturday and Sunday at the Westmoreland County Air Show.