Air transportation safety investigation A12O0170

Update: The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 10 January 2014.

Table of contents

Loss of control and collision with terrain

Renfrew, Ontario 20 nm SW

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The occurrence

The privately owned SOCATA TBM 700N (registration C-FBKK, serial number 621) departed from Ottawa/Carp Airport, Ontario, on an instrument flight rules flight plan to Goderich, Ontario. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot and sole occupant altered the destination to Wiarton, Ontario. Air traffic control cleared the aircraft to climb to flight level 260 (FL260). The aircraft continued climb through FL260 and entered a right hand turn, which quickly developed into a spiral dive. At approximately 1219 Eastern Daylight Time, the aircraft struck the ground and was destroyed. Small fires broke out and consumed some sections of the aircraft. The pilot was fatally injured. The 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter on board the aircraft was damaged and its signal was not sensed by the search and rescue satellite-aided tracking (SARSAT) system.

Media materials

News release


No definitive answers as to what led to the 2012 fatal air accident involving a private aircraft near Renfrew, Ontario
Read the news release

Deployment notice


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

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to the site of an accident involving a Socata TBM700 west of Calabogie, Ontario. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Media coverage


CBC, 09 October 2012 (video)

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Mr. Tasker

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.


Propeller from the Socata TBM700 that crashed near Calabogie, Ontario Nose wheel and landing gear assembly of the Socata TBM700 Part of the landing gear from the Socata TBM700 that crashed west of Calabogie Part of the circuit breaker panel for the de-icing system from the Socata TBM700 Wreckage and damaged trees at the crash site of a Socata TBM700 near Calabogie, Ontario

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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.

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