Air transportation safety investigation A19Q0128
The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 10 December 2020.
Loss of control and collision with terrain
Beechcraft Bonanza V35B, N3804X
Senneterre, Quebec, 7 NM NE
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On , at 1555 Eastern Daylight Time, the Beechcraft Bonanza V35B aircraft (registration N3804X, serial number D-10358) departed Wittman Regional Airport, Wisconsin, United States, for a daytime visual flight rules flight to Danbury Municipal Airport, Connecticut, United States, with only the pilot on board. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft began to deviate north of the planned route and subsequently into Canadian airspace. At 1912, while in the vicinity of a line of rain showers, thunderstorms, and lightning, the aircraft entered a right turn, descended rapidly and collided with terrain approximately 7 nautical miles northeast of Senneterre, Quebec.
At 2331, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario, was notified of a missing aircraft and initiated search and rescue operations. The accident site was found 4 days later, on 02 August 2019. The pilot was fatally injured. The aircraft was destroyed. There was no post-impact fire. No signal was detected from the aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter.
Fatal collision with terrain highlights the risks of continued visual flight rules flights in adverse weather conditions
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Map showing the location of the occurrence
Jean-Pierre (Jeep) Régnier is a senior investigator, Standards and Quality Assurance, with the Air Investigations Branch at the TSB head office in Gatineau. He has over 30 years of aviation experience, including 27 years in military aviation in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as an officer and a helicopter pilot. During those 27 years in the RCAF, he worked as an accident investigator for 5 years. Mr. Régnier gained his flight experience on the CH-124 Sea King and Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopters. He earned a master’s degree in safety and accident investigation from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and joined the TSB in 2015.
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.
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