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.

 

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This Cessna 177 crashed in Barrhaven Dec. 14, 2011, killing both passengers. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

The 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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Jacques Domey, left, and Barry Stratton died in the Cessna plane crash. (Rockcliffe Flying Club)

The victims

Barry Stratton, 55, and Jacques Domey, in his 60s, became good friends through their love of flying at the Rockcliffe Flying Club.

 

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Transportation Safety Board inspectors try to find the cause of the plane crash in Barrhaven. (CBC)

The investigation

The cause of the crash might not be revealed for months or even a year but experts say visibility may have been a factor.