Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence


July 07, 2010 13:47 ET

Media Advisory: Flight Safety Investigation Report: CT-114 Tutor Accident of October 9, 2008

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) - The final Flight Safety Investigation Report dealing with the October 9, 2008, CT-114 Tutor crash in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is now available on the Air Force Directorate of Flight Safety website.

Killed in this accident were Capt Bryan Mitchell, the pilot, and Sgt Charles Senecal, an Air Reservist serving as photographer. The aircraft was on a photo-chase mission to take photographs of 15 Wing aircraft in the Moose Jaw area.

The Flight Safety report concludes that the photo-chase pilot did not realize that his aircraft had descended dangerously low, likely due to his attention being fixated on aircraft in the formation, resulting in a controlled flight into terrain. The report also concludes that the pilot was not experienced with, or trained for, this particular type of mission, and that there was no formal direction available to guide the briefing and conduct of photo-chase missions, which are rarely performed in the Canadian Forces. 

The Air Force is examining what preventive measures can be implemented to help prevent such tragic accidents in the future. Additions to Division orders have already been made to aid personnel to better consider and minimize risks associated with low-level photo-chase flights, regardless of the aircraft being flown.

Note to Editors / News Directors:

The Final Flight Safety Investigation Report can be viewed at the DFS web site:

Contact Information

  • 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