Crash in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be tough: TSB

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

ED­MON­TON — An ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tor says it will be chal­leng­ing to de­ter­mine ex­actly what caused a plane crash that killed two flight in­struc­tors from Calgary’s Mount Royal Univer­sity. Fred Burow of the Trans­porta­tion Safety Board says the plane’s ma­jor com­po­nents were de­stroyed in the crash and the re­sult­ing fire. The air­craft also wasn’t car­ry­ing — nor was it re­quired to carry — a cock­pit voice recorder or a flight data recorder. “The ab­sence of th­ese recorders does make the in­ves­ti­ga­tion more chal­leng­ing,” Burow said Mon­day at a brief­ing in Ed­mon­ton. “The so-called black boxes that are re­quired in larger air­craft do make things eas­ier for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and do bring a lot more data to it.”

Pi­lot Jef­frey Bird and co-pi­lot Reynold John­son died Feb. 13 when their twin-engine Tec­nam air­craft went down north­west of Calgary.

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