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Air transportation safety investigation A22P0115

Updated in January 2023 : This investigation is in the report phase.

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Loss of control in flight

CBE Construction Ltd
Cessna 185
30nm N Strachan Bay, British Columbia

The occurrence

On 23 November 2022, a Cessna 185 with floats departed a logging camp in Strachan Bay, British Columbia (BC), to the Port Hardy Water Aerodrome, BC, with one pilot and two passengers on board. During the initial climb, the aircraft reached an approximate height of 100 feet above sea level before pitching nose down and colliding with the water.

The pilot and passengers sustained fatal injuries as a result of the accident. The wreckage was located the following day. The TSB is currently investigating.

Media materials

Deployment notice


TSB will deploy a team of investigators following a floatplane accident in Strachan Bay, British Columbia

Richmond, British Colombia, 25 November 2022 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) will be deploying a team of investigators to Strachan Bay, British Columbia, following the floatplane accident that occurred in Strachan Bay on 23 November 2022. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Dan Clarke

Dan Clarke joined the TSB’s Air Investigations Branch as a Senior Technical Investigator in the Pacific Region in 2018. During his career, Mr. Clarke worked as an aircraft maintenance engineer – structures, for several fixed wing and rotary wing operations.

Mr. Clarke also has several years’ experience as a Quality Assurance Manager. Prior to joining the TSB, he worked for Transport Canada's Civil Aviation Branch for nine years, the first four years as an Airworthiness Inspector and the last five years as a Technical Team Lead.


Class of investigation

This is a class 3 investigation. These investigations analyze a small number of safety issues, and may result in recommendations. Class 3 investigations are generally completed within 450 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.