Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Canadian Air Force
Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 21, 2011 10:31 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE/Media Advisory/Initial Flight Safety Report: Search and Rescue Accident of October 27, 2011

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2011) -

This document corrects and replaces the media advisory that was sent today at 9:25 am ET. The DFS web site was changed.

The initial flight safety report entitled "From the Investigator" (FTI) dealing with the October 27, 2011, search and rescue mission in the Arctic resulting in the death of the mission team leader, Sergeant Janick Gilbert, will be available today on the Air Force Directorate of Flight Safety website.

The Flight Safety investigation is still ongoing. The FTI is the team's initial report containing the facts of the accident as they are known at this time. Conclusions, causes, and recommendations are not contained in the FTI report. A final Flight Safety Incident Report (FSIR) will be published on the same website, approximately one year after the accident.

The Flight Safety investigation continues to examine the circumstances of the accident and the survival aspects of this occurrence. The investigation will be focusing on the effectiveness of personnel life support equipment and on regulations governing rescue activities.

Flight Safety investigations are conducted to determine the causes of accidents so measures can be put in place to prevent a recurrence. These preventive measures can then be applied throughout the Air Force.

The FTI can be viewed at the DFS web site as follows: http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/dfs-dsv/index-eng.asp

Questions about the Flight Safety report for this accident should be directed to the DND/CF Media Liaison Office at 613-996-2353 or 1-866-377-0811.

Contact Information

  • Questions about the Flight Safety report for this accident:
    DND/CF Media Liaison Office
    613-996-2353 or 1-866-377-0811
    www.airforce.gc.ca