Reliability, Performance, Compliance


Flares used in Ontario pilot rescue


Emergency teams have used flares in the rescue a pilot who made an emergency landing in Northern Ontario, Canada, after having fuel problems.

Pilot, Chad Mulchand, from Edmonton, was treated in hospital for minor injuries after going down in woodland near Marathon, on Lake Superior.

He was the only occupant of a Cessna 150L, travelling from Earlton, Ontario, when he experienced fuel problems, say police.

A group of search and rescue (SAR) experts from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, Trenton, more than 1,200 kilometres away, were asked to help and sent a CC-130H Hercules and a CH-146 Griffon helicopter and crews.

Once on the scene, the team was faced with poor visibility and icy conditions, which made it difficult to locate the crash site, says Hercules commander Major Richard MacEwen, reports

Even so, they quickly able to contact the pilot, who was trapped in his cab, but was able to guide them to his position with the help of a torch.

Sergeant Matt Davidson, Master Corporal. Oliver Willich and Master Corporal Olivier Dionne of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron parachuted down to the crash site.

As it was dark, flares were dropped to help illuminate the scene and terrain.

The team made sure it was safe to move the pilot, transported him into the helicopter and rushed him to the nearest hospital.

Sergeant Davidson says, “He was a very lucky individual. He had been inside that plane for about four hours at that point and the temperature had been trending down to about -6 C, plus the wind. The plane was sort of nose down, cornered on its side and one wing had completely folded up.”

The image of a Trenton Hercules is from the Royal Canadian Air Force website and is of a previous mission.

Dec 04, 2017