Aviation investigation A13H0001

Collision with Terrain

The occurrence

The ORNGE Sikorsky S-76A, registration C-GIMY, departed from the Moosonee, Ontario airport to Attawapiskat, Ontario, with two pilots and two medical persons on board. The operator's tracking system lost contact with the flight and the RCMP was notified. A search found the aircraft about 1 nm north east of the airport. The four persons on board were fatally injured.

The TSB has deployed an investigation team to Moosonee.

Map of the area


Photo of the investigator in charge, Daryl Collins

Daryl Collins joined the TSB in 2009 after a 20 year career with the Canadian Forces, having flown as a Search and Rescue helicopter pilot. In his last position with the Canadian Forces, Mr. Collins was the Commanding Officer of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron based out of Gander, Newfoundland.

During his time with the Canadian Forces, Mr. Collins was responsible for the development and implementation of Canadian Forces-wide human performance training for all aircrew, maintenance, and air traffic control personnel and was heavily involved in Flight Safety. In addition, he obtained a Masters of Aeronautical Science with a dual specialization in Human Factors and System Safety.

Since joining the TSB, Mr. Collins has been involved in the preparation of numerous accident investigation reports and has been actively involved in a number of investigations.

Mr. Collins holds an Airline Transport Licence – Helicopter with over 3000 hours of flying experience.


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Transportation Safety Board investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation:

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.



31 May 2013 - Transportation Safety Board of Canada deploys a team of investigators to an air accident in Moosonee, Ontario

Read the deployment notice

01 June 2013 - TSB to hold news briefing regarding the ORNGE helicopter accident

Read the news release

01 June 2013 - Media advisory: TSB to hold news briefing regarding the ORNGE helicopter accident

Read the media advisory