A Robinson R44 helicopter, similar to the one that went missing containing Savoura CEO Stéphane Roy and his 14-year old son Justin on July 11, 2019.
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The distress beacon on the crashed helicopter flown last month by Savoura president Stéphane Roy was operational, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) announced on Friday.In a communiqué posted Friday morning, the TSB said the battery of the Robinson R44 helicopter was fully charged, in good condition and would have powered a distress signal had the beacon’s control switch been placed in the “arm” position.Last week, the TSB announced its investigators at the crash site had found the distress beacon’s control switch was in the “off” position. When the switch is in “arm” position, the beacon is programmed to emit a signal in the event of an impact.The helicopter carrying Roy, head of the Savoura tomato company, and his 14-year-old son Justin was reported missing on July 11 and found on July 25 crashed near Lake Valtrie, about 80 kilometres southeast of its departure point at Lac-De La Bidière. The father and son did not survive the crash.Hans Obas, a member of the Observatoire international de l’aéronautique et de l’aviation, said that the pilot of a helicopter must ensure that the beacon’s switch is the “arm” position before take-off.The TSB on Friday reminded pilots to ensure the beacon in their aircraft is switched to the “arm” position in order to reduce delays in search and rescue operations and increase the chances of survival for those in a downed aircraft.