Aviation Investigation Report A98H0003

Summary of Witness Statements

The following table summarizes relevant information from witnesses near the accident site, who were interviewed by the TSB and the RCMP.

Location Comments
Situation General Sights and Sounds Lights Fuel Direction Altitude
Fox Point Saw and heard plane outside house Low drone and then a thud   Felt like it was raining as the aircraft passed Toward St. Margaret's Bay Plane was unusually low
St. Margaret's Bay Saw and heard plane while sailing Noise similar to bang associated with lightning Bright white lights like landing lights Tail like a comet South- southeast Above clouds
St. Margaret's Bay Saw and heard plane while sailing Thunder-like sound Single white light facing in direction of travel   Southward toward ocean in St. Margaret's Bay  
St. Margaret's Bay Saw plane while sailing toward   Bright white light, red flashing light (every 2 to 3 s)   Southward along St. Margaret's Bay Reasonable altitude
East Ironbound Island Heard plane flying over house Heard consistent sound of engine; engine sound caused house to "buzz," then heard explosion     Travelling westward Was above an overcast layer, good visibility below, did not see the aircraft
East Ironbound Island Heard plane flying over House and windows shook and rattled; heard impact   Could smell diesel fuel Approached from west or northwest  
Tancook Island Heard plane flying over Very loud sound: hissing noise, bang        
Tancook Island Heard plane outside of house Plane sounded like rolling thunder; heard impact, explosion        
Blandford Saw plane going overhead Two steady white lights visible as aircraft moved away Steady white   Eastward toward Bayswater  
Blandford Saw plane in sky while camping in Bayswater Nose down, no engine noise Red and green light on wings plus bright landing light   Southeast 1 000 feet
Blandford Saw and heard plane from house Propeller aircraft type noise
Saw plane from travelling from magnetic bearings and up elevations: 70°M/20°up to 110°M/9° up to 130°M/7° up
Saw red and white lights; white brighter; all lights in plane were lit; white strobe light   Clockwise turn as viewed from below, right wing was down  
Blandford In bed at the time and felt a concussion at 1030 ADT (0130 UTC) Concussion noise        
Blandford Saw and heard plane outside house Loud and low; came straight toward witness and over the house; could see the entire bottom of the plane; landing gear was not down Lights flashing      
Blandford Heard plane outside of house Flying very low, sounded like a helicopter; trying to gain altitude; heard engine stall, stuttering; heard second engine stop, low rumble, thunder and then windows shook        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Very low, really loud, heard a bang        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Very low, loud bang        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Low level flight, loud, engine sound and then a thud        
Blandford Heard plane flying over Loud thump that shook the whole house     Southwest  
Blandford Heard plane flying over Loud noise like a helicopter, then "va-room" noise similar to thunder     Toward Pearl Island  
Blandford Heard plane outside house Loud roar of plane engines, loud explosion     Toward Pearl Island  
Blandford Saw and heard plane outside house Saw entire bottom of plane; felt thud that rattled the windows in the house Yellowish light on bottom of plane      
Blandford Saw and heard plane flying over Heard rumble like an explosion, then saw blue flash over the top of trees and yellow underneath        
Blandford Heard plane go over house House shook, big boom and then house shook again        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Very loud, flutter sound, thud, big wallop, orange red flash   Kerosene smell    
Blandford Saw and heard plane near house Loud sound, boom White light      
Blandford Heard plane Engines rough and rumbly, then revving full throttle, and then explosion        
Blandford Heard plane Low-flying jet, low muffled rumble, distant thunder roar, loud        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Sounded like a helicopter, vibrating the house; heavy rumbling sound; heard loud boom   Felt wet drops on leg and saw them on the steps    
Blandford Heard plane outside home Low flying, thump sound, heard and felt a large bang        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Roar of large plane, engines roaring; large concussion shook house; dull thud        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Sounded like a low-flying helicopter; dull clap of thunder        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Rumbling noise, really large thud        
Blandford Heard plane going over house Extremely loud noise        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Low, sounded like a helicopter; heard a noise like thunder        
Blandford Heard plane going over house Sounded erratic, like an old car missing one cylinder; engines loud; rumble in distance and then loud booming sound        
Blandford Heard plane going over house House was shaking; extremely low; one engine normal, one lower pitch with intermittent throbbing; heard crash        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Loud roaring; house shaking; loud thrust on engines, loud explosion, house shook        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Very low, very loud; long pass, engine labouring; coughing not running smooth        
Blandford Saw and heard plane going over head Sounded low, red fin with a white symbol on it, loud rumble        
Blandford Saw and heard plane outside house Heard a very loud noise Saw a small light and a larger brighter blue-white light      
Blandford Heard plane outside house Louder and louder, abruptly ended with a sound like a thump        
Blandford Heard plane approaching house Very low, very loud        
Blandford Heard plane going over house Louder and louder, went over house toward Bayswater Beach; abruptly ended with a thump sound     Toward Bayswater Beach  
Blandford Heard plane outside house Very loud and low; after the loudest point the sound got fainter and then louder again, loud thump; shook the house        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Very low, unusually loud, deep rumble; boom shook the house        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Sounded like a helicopter, "thump-thump-thump," then loud boom        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Very low, very loud; one engine sounded heavy like lugging; snap like lightning        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Really low, house vibrated, lawn mower or helicopter sound, engine not running right   Could smell oil    
Blandford Heard plane outside house Low flying, unnatural motor sound; sounded like it was landing; terminated with a boom        
Blandford Heard and saw plane outside house Really low, roaring like a helicopter or prop plane; heard thud Two steady white lights on tips of wings      
Blandford Heard plane over house Bang, thunderclap        
Blandford Heard plane over house Louder and louder, very low, heard a boom        
Blandford Heard plane outside house Sounded like a helicopter noise, the sound was like a noise, a pause, more noise, then a pause, then a crash        
Bayswater Saw and heard plane flying over Orange yellowish flash, loud rumble like thunder        
Bayswater Saw plane flying over Owl Head and White Point Could see two engines, plane was low     Owl Head and White Point  
Bayswater Saw and heard plane outside house Rumbling sound Saw 4 to 6 red lights   South, banked southeast  
Indian Harbour Saw plane while sitting on the shore Quite low Red and green lights      
Indian Harbour Saw plane in sky Roaring noise, making a turn to the right, engine over-revving Flashing red light on wing, no lights in plane   Across the bay toward Indian Harbour  
Indian Harbour Saw and heard plane flying over Rumbling noise Could see the windows in the plane      
Indian Harbour Saw and heard plane in sky Low, slow speed, sounded like a helicopter Red light, green light was dim, white light had long beam in front      
Indian Harbour Saw and heard plane outside house Loud noise, huge plane, very low; no landing gear, nose angled upward Nothing flashing underneath, all lit up inside; could see the letter "D" on the tail Smelled strong burning exhaust-type fuel    
Peggy's Cove Saw what believes was plane in water   Little square windows lit up      
Peggy's Cove Heard plane outside house Loud rumbling, loud whooping        
Peggy's Cove Saw and heard plane flying over   Red lights very clear      
Peggy's Cove Saw plane while driving in car Lower than usual Red and green lights      
Peggy's Cove Heard plane outside house Sounded like a truck with the muffler broken off, whomp like thunder        
Peggy's Cove Heard plane outside house Sounded like a car with a hole in the manifold; shook the house; there was a boom like thunder        
Peggy's Cove Heard plane outside house Running rough, sounded like a car with a hole in the manifold, gravelly sound, there was a boom like thunder        
Peggy's Cove Saw plane while driving in car Bright orange glow shaped like halo        
Peggy's Cove Saw and heard plane outside house Loud rumble, could see red on starboard side, loud roar     Northerly direction toward Glen Haven and Tantallon  
Peggy's Cove Saw and heard plane going over Helicopter sound, lower than normal, intermittent noise Saw cabin lights; red lights on      
Peggy's Cove Saw and heard plane coming across sky Very low, roaring, huge plane, no landing gear No lights on outside, lights inside Strong burning exhaust-type fuel Flying toward Green Island Estimated to be 100 feet high
Peggy's Cove Saw and heard plane outside house Engine sounded different Could see the cabin lights and the red lights were on   Plane was heading northeast  
Peggy's Cove Heard plane while camping Rumbling noise, louder and louder, like a dump truck on a gravel road        
Peggy's Cove Heard plane going over house Thump, pictures on wall rattled        

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Date modified :
2012-07-27