Aviation investigation A12O0138
Fatal crash of a Cessna in Moorefield, Ontario
On Friday, 24 August 2012, a Cessna 172 (C-FNET) was performing a return flight from Waterloo to Niagara Falls, Ontario, following visual flight rules. When the aircraft failed to return, a seach was initiated. There were several reports of an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal being emitted, and the aircraft was found in a corn field near Sideroad 3 in Moorefield, Ontario. The four occupants of the aircraft were fatally injured.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) deployed two investigators to the site of the accident and is presently gathering information to assess the occurrence. Read the investigation process page for information on how the TSB conducts its investigations.
Ken Webster is Investigator-in-Charge for this investigation.
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Transportation Safety Board investigation process
There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation:
- Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
- Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
- Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.
For more information, see our Investigation process page.
Map of the occurrence area
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