Aviation investigation A12O0170

Fatal crash of a Socata TBM700 near Calabogie, Ontario

The occurrence

On Monday, 08 October 2012, around noon, a Socata TBM700 took off from Carp Airport, Ontario, on a flight to Goderich, Ontario. Approximately 20 minutes later, the aircraft collided with terrain and was destroyed on impact. The pilot, who was the sole occupant on board, died in the crash.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) deployed investigators to the site of the accident and is presently gathering information to assess the occurrence.

Investigator-in-Charge: Ewan Tasker

Ewan Tasker on the occurrence site, during a news briefing

Mr. Tasker has over twenty years of civil aviation experience. He joined the TSB in 2008 and is now a Regional Senior Investigator based out of Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Prior to joining the TSB, Mr. Tasker flew commercially throughout North and South America, accrued over 7000 hours of flight time and obtained airline transport pilot licences from three different regulatory bodies. During his "from the ground up" career he has worked every position from baggage handler to Chief Pilot.

Mr. Tasker additionally brings diverse experience to the TSB as coupled with his flying experience he is also a Transport Canada licenced Air Traffic Controller.

Map of the occurrence area


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Transportation Safety Board 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.

Deployment notice

08 October 2012 — Transportation Safety Board of Canada deploys a team of investigators to an air accident west of Calabogie, Ontario

Read the deployment notice

Media coverage