On June 14, 1997, at 0945 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 185F, a float plane, N4758E, was destroyed during a collision with terrain, about 40 miles north of Bagotville, Quebec, Canada. The certificated private pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site for the personal flight that originated at Lake Portneuf, destined for Lake Sebastien, Quebec, Canada. A visual flight rules flight plan had been filed for the flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigator-in-charge (IIC), the pilot had planned to depart on June 13, 1997, for Lake Sebastien, but was delayed due to weather conditions. The morning of June 14, the pilot filed a VFR flight plan, and planned to fly at 2,500 feet.
Witnesses in the area reported hearing a steady airplane engine noise for about 40 seconds, and heard the airplane impact the terrain. The witnesses stated that they were at an elevation of 2,400 feet, and were in "heavy fog," with a visibility of about 100 feet.
According to the IIC, the wreckage was located about 5 hours later by a search and rescue helicopter, approximately 48 degrees, 40 minutes north latitude, 70 degrees, 50 minutes west longitude. The airplane struck the side of a 2,650 foot steep hill, at an elevation of 2,500 feet. The terrain in the area varied between 2,200 and 2,700 feet. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the airplane was in level flight at the time of impact.