Aviation Investigation A15P0147

Emergency landing

The occurrence

On 7 July 2015, the Beechcraft A36 departed Oliver, British Columbia, for Boundary Bay, British Columbia. The aircraft was in the vicinity of Osoyoos, British Columbia, when the pilot made an emergency landing on HWY 97. The aircraft struck a transport truck and a power pole and came to rest on the edge of the road. A fire consumed most of the aircraft. The pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, escaped with serious burns.

Map of the area


Photo of Roberto Chiatto

Roberto Chiatto joined the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) in 2014 as a Senior Technical Investigator Air for the Pacific Region and is based out of Vancouver. Mr. Chiatto has 24 years of civil aviation experience.

Prior to joining the TSB, Mr. Chiatto was an Inspector for Transport Canada Civil Aviation Enforcement. During his 7 years at the Enforcement Branch, he carried out over 135 comprehensive investigations.

Mr. Chiatto has extensive experience in aircraft maintenance and repair. Prior to his position with Transport Canada, he worked for 17 years as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) on numerous small and large transport category aircraft. The majority of his rotary wing experience was in the helicopter logging industry where he maintained the Boeing Vertol 107 II and MD 500D. Mr. Chiatto also has fixed wing experience on Boeing 767 aircraft and holds a valid AME license with M1 and M2 ratings.

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.


Deployment notices

TSB deploys team to assess aircraft accident in Osoyoos, British Columbia
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