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

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.