The crews of a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-146 Griffon helicopter and CC-130H Hercules aircraft from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron responded to a plane crash July 25 near Petawawa. The pilot, the sole occupant of the downed aircraft, is in stable condition and was transported to the Pembroke Regional Hospital. (Submitted photo)
Members of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron rescue a pilot following a plane crash north of Petawawa
Posted on Thursday July 29, 2021
TRENTON - The crews of a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-146 Griffon helicopter and CC-130H Hercules aircraft from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron rescued a pilot, following a plane crash near Petawawa July 25.
At approximately 11 a.m., the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was notified of a MAYDAY call and received a subsequent signal from an aircraft Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT), approximately 40 nautical miles (NM) north of Petawawa.
At this time, 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. They were joined by an aircraft from the Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) out of Ottawa and a Bell 412 Helicopter from the Sûreté du Quebec.
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 onboard the crashed aircraft. Thankfully the sole person who was in the aircraft at the time of the crash is in stable condition and has been transported to the Pembroke Regional Hospital.
“By working with the JRCC and our CASARA partners, we were able to quickly and safely locate and rescue this individual,” said Lieutenant-Colonel J.P Landry, Commanding Officer, 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron. “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.”
The RCAF is responsible for the aeronautical component of the search and rescue (SAR) mandate in Canada. Search and rescue incidents under the federal SAR mandate 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.
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.
Within the JRCCs, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel conduct the coordination and control of aeronautical SAR operations and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) personnel conduct the coordination and control of maritime SAR operations.
424 Transport and Rescue Squadron operates the CH-146 Griffon and the CC-130H Hercules. The crews are launched in the event of air and maritime SAR distresses and also in support of humanitarian cases.
SAR cases like this one illustrate the effectiveness of ELTs, and how important it is that pilots ensure their transponders are in good working order prior to each flight.