Barry Stratton was flying the 1969 Cessna Cardinal 177 home after an 11-day trip to Florida and the Bahamas and back with his good friend Jacques Domey. Stratton planned to land the plane at Ottawa's MacDonald-Cartier airport, many believe, but a combination of bad weather and other unknown circumstances caused the plane to crash.
The 1969 Cessna Cardinal 177 crashed into a hydro pole before hitting the ground in a field near the Ottawa airport Dec. 14, 2011.
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Barry Stratton, 55, and Jacques Domey, in his 60s, became good friends through their love of flying at the Rockcliffe Flying Club.
The cause of the crash might not be revealed for months or even a year but experts say visibility may have been a factor.