A C-172 crashed a few days ago near Shelburne, Ontario (57351 8th Line SW, Melancthon, Ontario to be exact) there were three occupants. Two went to hospital and the pilot walked away.
After reading media reports (I know, I know..) and the CADORS report I have one comment to make about the situation.
All of the reports mentioned that the pilot reported that they crashed “somewhere between Brampton and Collingwood”.
That’s a pretty big area to cover.
As a pilot you should be aware of your position at all times. When I’m flying x-country (especially at night) I always make sure I know where I am. That way if a situation does arise, I know what position to give in my mayday call (which the pilot of this incident didn’t do).
According to the CADORS report (#2008O1950) a York Region Helicopter and a Canadian Forces C-130 aircraft were dispatched to try to find the crash site. The ELT was not activated. The only method of being able to find the crash site was using Rogers and the 911 call to triangulate an area using cell phone towers (old school cellular 911).
In the end, a farmer walking his dog found them and told 911 the location of the crash.
I am unsure of the time between the crash and the rescue, but even if the ELT failed to activate, an accurate position report by ONE of the THREE pilots on board would have been sufficient to find them quickly.
I look forward to seeing the official TSB report.