METALS: The Dark Blue Mountain

Paule Emile LaPointe, chief pilot for Quebecair Inc., a Canadian bush airline, was making a routine charter flight in a Douglas DC-3 from Goose Bay, Labrador to Mont Joli, Quebec one afternoon last June. With him was his copilot, Bill Awatter. Because the weather was clear, they dropped to about 1,000 feet and began looking for a Beechcraft that had been lost with two men aboard earlier this year. Awatter took the controls, and LaPointe concentrated on ground search.

Peering downward, LaPointe noted a "funny mountain which looked rusty and nearly dark blue." Awatter, watching the instruments, gave an exclamation. The...

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