Inquest called into helicopter crash that killed four, including Long Sault man

In this photo provided by the Transportation Safety Board, four people including a man from Long Sault, Ont. died when this Hydro One helicopter crashed near Tweed, Ont. in December 2017. The regional coroner for Eastern Ontario has announced a mandatory inquest will proceed to look at possible recommendations to prevent future tragedies. (TSB via Newswatch Group, File)

KINGSTON – The regional supervising coroner has called an inquest into the deaths of four men aboard a Hydro One helicopter near Tweed that crashed a little over two years ago.

Among those victims was power line technician, 26-year-old Darcy Jansen, of Long Sault.

The others killed were helicopter pilot James Baragar, 39, from the Orillia area, power line technician Jeff Howes, 26, from Bath, Ont. and power line technician Kyle Shorrock, 27, from Inverary, Ont.

Regional Supervising Coroner, Dr. Paul Dungey, made the formal announcement this month about the inquest, though no date or location has been set.

The inquest is mandatory and will examine the circumstances surrounding the deaths. A jury may made recommendations to prevent future tragedies.

A Transportation Safety Board report in November 2019 made recommendations about seat belt use and gear stowage after the chopper crashed near a construction site, killing everyone on board, in December 2017.