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Sonoski, Colin Joseph (Captain)

Killed in Flying Accident 2002-07-18

Birth Date: 1963-03-14 (age 39)

Son of John Sonoski.

Husband of Sharon Singleton.

Enlistment Date: 1988-08-29

Service
RCAF
Unit
444 Sqn- Squadron
Strike Swift Strike Sure
Rank
Captain
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers

Griffon 146420

SOE 2002-July-18 to 2002-July-18

Scheduled for delivery to No. 444 (CS) Squadron, CFB Goose Bay, Newfoundland, on 11 September 1995. Still with this unit when it crashed and was destroyed after tail rotor left aircraft, 100 NM north of Goose Bay, while on SAR mission on 18 July 2002. Aircraft was about 100 to 200 feet above ground level, under low cloud cover, at the time. 2 pilots killed (Capt. J-A MacKenzie and Capt. C.J. Sonoski), 2 Flight Engineers seriously injured. Investigation blamed tail rotor fatigue, starting at a small nick on one blade. Portion of blade detached, resulting imbalance resulted in entire tail rotor assembly detaching. Capt. MacKenzie was probably first female CF pilot killed in an operational crash.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Crew on Griffon 146420

Bell CH-146 Griffon

(Andy Vanderheyden Photo)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Bell CH-146 Griffon, RCAF (Serial No. 146491).

The Bell CH-146 Griffon is a multi-role utility helicopter used in a wide variety of roles, including aerial firepower, reconnaissance, search and rescue and aero-mobility tasks. It has a crew of three, can carry up to ten troops and has a cruising speed of 220"“260 km/h (120"“140 kn; 140"“160 mph). The Canadian Forces purchased 100 aircraft and received them in 1995"“1997. In 2005, nine CH-146s were sold to the Allied Wings consortium to be used as trainers at No. 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School, located at Southport Aerospace Centre just south of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

The Griffon features GPS-satellite navigation and Doppler-radar systems. It can also be fitted with a variety of equipment, including self-defence weapons, a powerful searchlight, and a hoist to extract people and cargo from almost any terrain.. Harold Skaarup web page and RCAF web page

YouTube Griffon Helicopter

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Griffon Helicopter

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

General Helis Web Page

Kestrek Publications CH-146 Griffon Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (100), Canadian Aircraft Losses (1)
last update: 2021-11-27 13:35:58

Griffon 146420

Scheduled for delivery to No. 444 (CS) Squadron, CFB Goose Bay, Newfoundland, on 11 September 1995. Still with this unit when it crashed and was destroyed after tail rotor left aircraft, 100 NM north of Goose Bay, while on SAR mission on 18 July 2002. Aircraft was about 100 to 200 feet above ground level, under low cloud cover, at the time. 2 pilots killed (Capt. J-A MacKenzie and Capt. C.J. Sonoski), 2 Flight Engineers seriously injured. Investigation blamed tail rotor fatigue, starting at a small nick on one blade. Portion of blade detached, resulting imbalance resulted in entire tail rotor assembly detaching. Capt. MacKenzie was probably first female CF pilot killed in an operational crash.
1995-08-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
2002-07-18 Accident Crash Crashed on SAR mission. See comments. 2019-08-20
2002-07-18 Struck off Strength 2021-12-06


444 Sqn- Squadron Strike Swift Strike Sure

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