Duty Calls

Military personnel from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron rescue pilot following plane crash

Above image: Image from the rescue when crews from the Royal Canadian Air Force rescued a pilot following a plane crash north of Petawawa. Image courtesy of Canadian Armed Forces. 

Crews from the Royal Canadian Air Force rescued a pilot following a plane crash north of Petawawa on July 24, 2021.

Along with aircraft from the Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) out of Ottawa and a Bell 412 Helicopter from the Sûreté du Quebec, members of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron based out of 8 Wing Trenton responded to a Mayday call approximately 40 nautical miles (NM) north of Petawawa, Ontario.

“By working with the JRCC and our CASARA partners, we were able to quickly and safely locate and rescue this individual. This is just one example of the many Search and Rescue missions that our personnel execute each year, helping our fellow Canadians in their time of need,” stated Lieutenant-Colonel J.P Landry, Commanding Officer, 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron in a press release.

The call came in at approximately 11 a.m. to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC), Trenton. The JRCC received a subsequent signal from an aircraft Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT).

Members of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron based out of 8 Wing Trenton responded with a CH-146 Griffon Helicopter and CC-130H Hercules aircraft.

Successfully Located

The CASARA crew successfully located the crashed aircraft and directed the RCAF crews to its exact location, where they deployed Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR Techs) at approximately 2 p.m. to assess and aid those on board the crashed aircraft.

The press release noted, Search and Rescue cases like this one illustrate the effectiveness of ELTs. Plus, how pilots must ensure their transponders are in good working order before each flight.

The sole person in the aircraft at the time of the crash is in stable condition and was transported to Pembroke hospital.

“To ensure safety and effectiveness of searches located in the region, all the search and rescue assets in the operation are jointly coordinated by JRCC Trenton and/or MRSC Quebec. The central region is located from 100 nautical miles east of Québec City to the border between Alberta and British Columbia, then north to the North Pole,” noted the press release.

The Royal Canadian Air Force is responsible for the aeronautical component of the search and rescue (SAR) mandate in Canada. Under the federal SAR mandate, search and rescue incidents are defined as all incidents involving an aircraft and all marine incidents on any Federal waterway. All other search and rescue cases are classified as humanitarian and are provincial/territorial responsibilities.

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Cyndi Mills

Admittedly the Queen of Typos, Cyndi Mills strives for none, but one or two always seems to slip in. She apologizes! Over the last 27 years Cyndi has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London, and Petawawa. She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support her husband's military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her two oldest children are in the military. Raising her third and fourth teenagers, she tries to keep sane by walking, gardening, writing, and spending time with her family while running Canadian Military Family Magazine.

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