Controlled ejection at 15 Wing Moose Jaw

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News Release / January 27, 2014

By RCAF Public Affairs

Two Canadian Armed Forces personnel made a controlled ejection from a CT-156 Harvard aircraft near 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on January 24 at approximately 1:50 p.m.

The controlled ejection was initiated when the pilot determined it would not be safe to attempt a controlled landing. Rescue crews and vehicles were on the scene shortly after the incident. Both personnel walked away after touching down and were evaluated by medical staff. Under the provisions of the Privacy Act, the names are not being released at this time.

The aircraft impacted in a field approximately 3 nautical miles (5.5 kilometres) south of the airfield. Emergency responders cordoned the area and members of the public are asked to remain clear of the area until it is secured.

The Directorate of Flight Safety dispatched an accident investigation team. We are unable to speculate on the cause of the accident until all the information is gathered and analyzed. Flight training at 15 Wing has been paused pending further review.


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