WINNIPEG, Feb. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A13C0014) into
the February 2013 collision with terrain of a Cessna 210C in Waskada,
At approximately 1230 Central Standard Time on 10 February 2013, the
privately-registered Cessna 210C departed Waskada with a pilot and 3
passengers on board for a sightseeing flight in the local area.
Approximately 30 minutes after the aircraft departed, fog moved into
the area. At 1317, an emergency locator transmitter signal was received
in the area. A search was undertaken; the wreckage was located 3
nautical miles north of Waskada. All occupants suffered fatal injuries.
The investigation determined that the terrain, coupled with the reported
meteorological conditions, was conducive to whiteout, a winter
atmospheric optical phenomenon in which the observer appears to be
engulfed in a uniformly white glow. Whiteout conditions may result in a
poorly defined visual horizon that will reduce the pilot's ability to
visually detect changes in altitude, airspeed and position. If visual
cues are sufficiently degraded, the pilot may lose control of the
aircraft or fly into the ground.
Furthermore, the investigation found that the accident occurred in an
area of gently rolling hills, which were completely covered in snow.
The Board therefore concluded that the pilot likely flew inadvertently
into a whiteout, lost situational awareness and lost control of the
aircraft, which resulted in an impact with terrain.
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Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
SOURCE: Transportation Safety Board of Canada
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