Lt. Col. Jean-Paul Landry of 424 Squadron, CFB Trenton said the search and rescue team were alerted to an accident about 74 kilometers north of Petawawa around 11:20 a.m. on Saturday. ” It was [in a] heavily forested area, no real road access, quite remote, ”said Landry.
En route, crews received visual confirmation of the crash site location by volunteers from the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), which had a plane in the air at the time. .
“Having that CASARA plane there definitely made it more efficient,” Landry said.
Crews arrived around 2 p.m. to find a small Cessna 150 shot down in the woods, with a female pilot – the only person on board – waiting outside for help.
“When we picked them up they were stable,” Landry said. Teams took her to the Pembroke Regional Hospital, which confirmed she had been assessed and cleared to be discharged from the hospital on Saturday.
Landry said a number of factors made this search and rescue operation a breeze.
In addition to having successfully landed an emergency in a wooded area resulting in minimal injury, the pilot was well equipped with an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) and a SPOT device broadcasting her exact position.
The pilot also made a distress call before landing, and the CASARA search and rescue pilot was able to share his latitude and longitude with military crews before they even arrived in the area.
A Sûreté du Québec helicopter also intervened.
“SAR cases like this illustrate the effectiveness of ELTs,” a Department of National Defense statement on the crash read, “and how important it is for pilots to ensure their transponders are in. in good working order before each flight ”.