Fatal Occurrence 2011O3682
Pilot and passenger identified as the two killed in Ottawa plane crash
Postmedia News – Dec 15, 2011
OTTAWA — The two men killed in the crash of a light plane in Ottawa Wednesday night have been identified as pilot Dr. Barry Stratton and passenger Jacques Domey, according to the manager of the Rockcliffe Flying Club where they both were members.
Stratton, 55, is an Ottawa dentist. Domey is in his 60s, manager Simon Garrett said Thursday morning. They were part owners of the aircraft, along with three other men.
The two died when their Cessna 177 Cardinal crashed into a field in south Ottawa at about 7:30 p.m.
The plane was flying to the Carp, Ont., airport — just west of Ottawa — from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania when it went down at about 7:30 p.m.
Brad Vardy, operations manager for the Transportation Safety Board, said Thursday morning at the scene of the crash, that the four-seater Cessna Cardinal clipped off the top of a hydro pole as it went down.
Garrett said the aircraft had been based at his club until this fall.
“The airplane was based here originally and they (the owners) had recently moved it over to Carp for the winter because they have a hangar there,” he said.
“The five owners of the airplane are all members here. Visibility was poor at the time of the crash, Environment Canada says, with clouds only 100 feet above the ground at 8 p.m., and 200 feet at 7 p.m.
But Garrett says the aircraft was on an instrument flight plan. “It means that the pilot was rated to fly in conditions which were not visual…. For the nature of the flight that it was, he was qualified to do it.”
“There were icing conditions in play last night, but there’s no way to know whether it was a contributing factor,” he added.
The single-engine Cessna, crumpled by the impact, lay in the high grass with its tail in the air.
There was no fire at the crash site, suggesting the possibility that the plane had run out of fuel. A track of the plane’s flight before the crash shows it looping back on its track, just east of Carp airport, before turning to the northeast toward Ottawa International Airport.
The plane, built in 1969 and bearing the registration CFEFQ, took off from Wilkes-Barre at about 5 p.m. Wednesday on the 450-kilometre flight to Ottawa. It was scheduled to land in Carp just after 7 p.m.