GATINEAU, QC, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) will conduct a full and independent investigation into the
fatal January 2013 crash of a de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by
Kenn Borek Air Ltd. in Antarctica. The crew of three lost their lives
in the accident.
On 23 January 2013, the Twin Otter was on a repositioning flight from
South Pole Station, Antarctica, to Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica, with a
crew of three on board. There had been no radio communication from the
aircraft and the flight was considered overdue. An emergency locator
transmitter signal was received and search and rescue (SAR) was
initiated. Extreme weather conditions hampered the SAR operation,
preventing access to the site for two days. Once on site, the SAR team
reported the aircraft's crew did not survive. Adverse weather
conditions, the effects of high altitude, unstable snow conditions and
the state of the aircraft prevented the recovery of their bodies.
The TSB is conducting this investigation because the crew was Canadian,
the aircraft was registered and manufactured in Canada, and there may
be significant safety findings. "Everything we know at this stage
points to a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accident, which is an
issue on the TSB's Watchlist," said Mark Clitsome, Director of Air
The TSB has examined the aircraft's cockpit voice recorder (CVR).
However, it did not record the accident flight. Investigators will
continue to gather and analyze information to determine the causes and
contributing factors of the accident.
TSB investigators are liaising with the New Zealand Transport Accident
Investigation Commission, which has been assisting the TSB from the
outset. The TSB will assess which components need to be recovered from
the wreckage to help determine what happened, and will develop a plan
to recover them when the weather permits.
The findings will be made public in a report at the conclusion of the
Collisions with land and water are a TSB Watchlist issue. Watch the video!
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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