Friday, November 14, 2014

Cessna 150M, C-GJAO: Accident occurred November 11, 2014 in Whitney, Ontario

NTSB Identification: CEN15WA052 
 Accident occurred Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Whitney, ON
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 11, 2014, at 2130 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150M airplane, Canadian registered C-GJAO , owned and operated by Flyblocktime Inc., was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Whitney, Ontario, Canada. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The meteorological conditions at the time of the accident are unknown. The flight originated from Ottawa, Ontario and was en route to Toronto, Ontario.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Government. Further information may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Place du Centre
200 Promenade du Portage, 4th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 1K8

Phone: 1 (800) 387-3557
Fax: 1 (819) 997-2239

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

Ontario Provincial Police have identified the two victims of the fatal plane crash in Algonquin Provincial Park on November 11 as Ravindran Arulanandar, left, and Logesh Lakshmikanthan, right.

TORONTO - The two victims of a deadly plane crash in Algonquin Park earlier this week have now been identified as North York residents. 

 Ontario Provincial Police say the two men were flying in a Cessna 150 somewhere over Haliburton when the pilot contacted the Toronto area control center and reported an airborne emergency around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Shortly after, communication was lost,” Sgt. Kristine Rae said in a statement released Friday.

It’s believed the pilot flew off course into bad weather, became disoriented in the clouds in an aircraft that was not equipped for flying in poor visibility, eventually ran out of fuel and crashed into the densely forested provincial park about 20 km south of Whitney.

Search crews located the downed aircraft around 4:40 a.m. Wednesday and confirmed the two men on board were killed in the crash.

The pilot has now been identified as Logesh Lakshmikanthan, 25, and his passenger as, Ravindran Arulanandar, 31.

On Wednesday, provincial police said the pilot was from India and the passenger was also from outside Canada.

However, the OPP now says both men lived in North York.

Rae said post-mortem examinations determined the two men died of injuries suffered in the crash.

“With assistance of the Transportation Safety Board, the cause of the crash has been determined to be as a result of running out of fuel,” she said.

Lakshmikanthan fuelled up the single-engine plane, which he rented from a Toronto-based company called Fly Block Time, at Buttonville Airport Monday night.

It’s believed he and his friend Arulanandar took off Tuesday morning and made stops in Peterborough, St. Hubert, Quebec, and Ottawa, before heading for home.

But they never made it back to the Markham airport.

According to a LinkedIn profile, Lakshmikanthan attended Island Air Flight School and Charters, which operates out of Billy Bishop Airport, between 2011 and 2014.

The school refused to comment, but sources have said the pilot had 200 hours of flying time.

Another online profile on suggests Lakshmikanthan is originally from Chennai, India.

An online resume suggests Arulanander worked as a security officer at a golf and country club, sold shoes, served fast food and was schooled in security, computers and business.

Arulanander received a diploma in airline ticketing from the International Airlines Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka in 2000.


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