On this date (okay. technically yesterday – but it was today when I began writing it!), August 6, 1913 – 101 years ago – in Victoria, British Columbia, American pilot and barnstormer Johnny Milton Bryant became the first and only air casualty in Canada prior to World War I.
Bryant was doing the first-ever fly-over the city of Victoria, just passing City Hall when he lost control of his aeroplane, a Curtiss bi-plane.
According to the Daily Colonist newspaper dated August 8, 1913, the plane “dashed down” into the roof of a nearby building, “with a crash that could be heard for several blocks.”
Bryant (1880-1913) died on impact.
According to the January 1959 edition of Canadian Aviation Magazine Bryant’s wife, Alys McKey (Tiny) Bryant, flew the first solo flight by a woman in Canada over the Vancouver racetrack on July 31, 1913, just a few weeks prior to Johnny Bryant’s death.