December 15, 2022

TSB reports on mid-2022 fatal collision at Canton Aerodrome

Jon Robinson

Map showing the accident sequence at Canton Aerodrome on August 13, 2022. (Source: Google Earth, with TSB annotations)

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada on December 6 released its investigation report (A22O0118) into the August 13, 2022, fatal collision with an obstacle on takeoff of a privately registered Piper PA-28-180 aircraft at the Canton Aerodrome in Ontario.

With the pilot and one passenger on board, the PA-28-180 was taking off on Runway 14 at Canton Aerodrome (CTN7) during daylight hours for a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight to Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport (CYRO), also in Ontario.

TSB explains, that shortly after becoming airborne, when the aircraft had travelled approximately 1,400 feet down the runway and was at a height of approximately 26 feet above ground level, the left wing struck a tree located approximately 40 feet to the left of the runway centreline. The aircraft was then seen to veer to the left before disappearing from view.

TSB reports the aircraft then struck multiple additional trees before colliding with terrain and came to rest approximately 220 feet to the left of the runway centreline. Both occupants of the aircraft were fatally injured despite wearing safety belts with shoulder harnesses.