Brother Believes Pilot Error Likely Caused Accident
A Cirrus SR22 went down about 125 miles northwest of Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada, Sunday night... killing the pilot and two
Pilot Jean Dargis, 46, and his wife Joanne, 45, and mother
Anita, perished when the single engine aircraft impacted a wooded,
hilly area just east of House Mountain Tower, according to the
CanWest News Service.
According to Laurier Dargis, the couple's cousin, Jean Dargis
had been flying for about six years. He purchased the SR22 (type
shown below) about a month ago.
An emergency locator beacon was activated Sunday evening before
any reports of missing aircraft. According to Maj. Gerry Favre, air
coordinator at the Rescue Coordinator Center, a ground search and
rescue team and a C-130 Hercules from Winnipeg were subsequently
About midnight, officers from the Swan Hills Royal Canadian
Mounted Police, a fish and wildlife officer and local emergency
medical services joined the search effort, according to the
The crash site was discovered in a heavily wooded area in the
early Monday morning hours. A bulldozer was required to gain access
to the wreckage.
"The weather when we got in the area was poor," Favre said.
The pilot's brother, Richard Dargis, who is also a pilot and
familiar with the route his brother took, said the Swan Hills can
be tricky to fly over, especially if there is a low ceiling. He
said he also believes pilot error is a likely cause of the
"The Swan Hills are very high -- the highest point in Alberta
outside the Rocky Mountains. They do come in your face -- they come
up pretty fast," he said.
The Canadian Transportation Safety Board is investigating.