TSB con­cludes probe into deadly small plane crash

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - SHAWN LO­GAN slo­[email protected]­media.com Twit­ter.com/ ShawnLo­gan403

In­ves­ti­ga­tors with the Trans­porta­tion Safety Board have con­cluded a plane crash near Cal­gary that killed a flight in­struc­tor and his stu­dent was likely the re­sult of a sim­u­lated en­gine fail­ure ex­er­cise that went wrong.

On Oct. 26, 2017, a flight in­struc­tor from Spring­bank Air Train­ing Col­lege was sched­uled to eval­u­ate a stu­dent at the Spring­bank Air­port west of Cal­gary ahead of an up­com­ing flight test for his mul­ti­engine rat­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the TSB’s find­ings, the Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II lifted off from the air­port’s Run­way 17, reach­ing 76 me­tres above ground level be­fore it rolled to the left and en­tered a deep, de­scend­ing left turn.

Just 70 sec­onds after liftoff, the twin-en­gine plane slammed into the ground, killing both of its oc­cu­pants, who haven’t been iden­ti­fied.

The air­craft’s emer­gency lo­ca­tor trans­mit­ter did not ac­ti­vate and it wasn’t equipped with a cock­pit voice recorder or flight data recorder, nei­ther of which were re­quired by reg­u­la­tion. Due to the lack of those tools, in­ves­ti­ga­tors were un­able to de­ter­mine ex­actly what ac­tions the pi­lot and stu­dent took, or de­ter­mine a more pre­cise cause of the deadly crash.

The stu­dent had 175 hours of flight ex­pe­ri­ence in the plane, and was over­seen by a flight in­struc­tor with some 2,167 hours of flight time.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were un­able to de­ter­mine any me­chan­i­cal de­fi­cien­cies that might have led to the crash.

On­line records in­di­cate the air­craft was built in 1975 and was pur­chased by the Spring­bank Air Train­ing Col­lege in July 2017.

The crash was the sec­ond fa­tal ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a Cal­gary-area flight school last year.

Last Fe­bru­ary, Mount Royal Univer­sity flight in­struc­tors Jef­frey Bird and Reynold John­son died when their twin-en­gine Tec­nam — also based out of Spring­bank Air­port — went down north­west of Cal­gary.

In the af­ter­math of last Oc­to­ber’s crash, the Spring­bank Air Train­ing Col­lege pub­lished up­dated reg­u­la­tions out­lin­ing min­i­mum al­ti­tudes for sim­u­lated en­gine fail­ure ex­er­cises, as well other pro­ce­dures around sim­u­lated en­gine fail­ure.

TRANS­PORTA­TION SAFETY BOARD

A crash that killed a flight in­struc­tor and his stu­dent was likely linked to a sim­u­lated en­gine fail­ure ex­er­cise.

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