Winnipeg R.C.A.F. Technician Dies in Training Exercise

WINNIPEG, MB. – Search and Rescue Technician, Master-Corporal Alfred Barr – member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron based in Winnipeg, Manitoba – passed away in a training accident near Yorkton, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, March 8th.

The details of the accident are still foggy, but all indications point to a faulty parachute as the cause of Barr’s death. An investigation is currently ongoing by the RCAF’s Directorate of Flight Safety.

Although originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Barr had been stationed at Winnipeg’s 17 Wing. The flags at 17 Wing have been lowered to half-mast since the accident.

Friends and family describe Barr as a kind and gentle positive role model who lived without a malicious bone in his body.

More information will become available once a statement on the investigation has been released by the RCAF.

– Carter Brooks, MyToba News

Carter Brooks is a news writer/reporter and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Carter spent time with The Hockey News Magazine in Toronto, and currently writes sports for Game On Magazine and SEVEN Magazine. On top of reading and writing, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime.
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