GATINEAU, QC, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada today released its investigation report (A11C0102) into the 4
July 2011 runway overrun of a Missinippi Airways Cessna 208B in
During takeoff, the aircraft did not become airborne in time, thus a
decision was made to abort the takeoff. However, from that point, it
could not be stopped before overrunning the runway. The aircraft left
the end of the runway, travelled down a steep embankment and into a
ravine where it caught fire, killing one and injuring eight others.
"Once again, this investigation demonstrates that hostile terrain at the
end of a runway can lead to passenger injuries or death," said Peter
Hildebrand, Manager, Central Region Air Operations. "This is why in our
Watchlist, we call for airports to lengthen runway end safety areas or
to install engineered systems or structures to safely stop aircraft
A number of factors, including the takeoff technique, possible shifting
winds and soft runway surface conditions contributed to reducing the
aircraft's takeoff performance. Also, the deceased passenger was not
wearing a shoulder harness, which contributed to the seriousness of
post-impact injuries, and subsequently his death in the post-impact
The operator has taken a number of steps to reduce these risks. These
include a new short field takeoff procedure and improved training for
pilots on takeoff and landing procedures, on the weather conditions and
their effects on flight at Pukatawagan, and confirming that passengers
are wearing their seatbelts and shoulder harnesses.
The Watchlist— based on an analysis of hundreds of TSB investigation
reports, safety concerns and Board recommendations —identifies the
transportation safety issues that pose the greatest risk to Canadians.
In each case, the TSB has found that actions taken to date are
inadequate, and that industry and the regulators need to take
additional concrete measures to eliminate the risks.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline,
railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the
advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the
Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
SOURCE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD OF CANADA
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