On June 20, 2001, about 1950 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 170B, C-GKGG, received minor damage, and a Robinson R-22 helicopter, C-FFFM, was destroyed, after a midair collision near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada. The non-certificated Canadian pilot of the Cessna received minor injuries, while the Canadian certificated commercial pilot of the Robinson was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for either aircraft. Both flights were conducted under Canadian Regulations.

According to a Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigator, the Robinson was on a positioning flight from the Lindsy Municipal Airport, Lindsy, Ontario, destined for the Buttonville Airport, Buttonville, Ontario. The Cessna had departed from a private grass strip near Sandford Sideroad, Uxbridge, about 1945, and proceeded southbound. About 800-1,000 feet above the ground, the pilot of the Cessna observed the Robinson in front of him and attempted to avoid a collision. The Cessna struck the Robinson's rotor system, and the helicopter descended to the ground, coming to rest inverted in a field on the south side of Sandford Sideroad. The Cessna pilot performed a forced landing to a field on the north side of Sandford Sideroad.

Weather conditions in the area were reported as winds calm, visibility 15 statute miles, a few clouds at 16,000 feet, broken cloud at 24,000 feet, temperature 21° Degrees Celsius, dew point 09° degrees Celsius.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of Canada. Further information may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
23 East Wilmot Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B1A3
Tel: (905) 771-7676

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