Aviation news release 2011

TSB # A11P0149

Transportation Safety Board Initiates Investigation of Crash of Northern Thunderbird Air Beechcraft King Air 100 in Richmond, British Columbia

(Gatineau, Quebec, October 28, 2011) –The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) yesterday initiated its investigation of a Northern Thunderbird Air Beechcraft King Air 100 which crashed just shy of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on 27 October 2011.

"We are in the initial stages of gathering factual information and it is too soon to determine causal factors," noted Mark Clitsome, Director of TSB Air Investigations. "However, during the course of the investigation, if we identify any urgent safety deficiencies requiring immediate action, we will make those deficiencies known to the appropriate change agents as quickly as possible."

The aircraft in question, carrying seven passengers and two crew, was returning to YVR after taking off at approximately 3:40pm Pacific Daylight Time after an instrument indicated a problem onboard. The return and approach appeared normal, until the aircraft banked, clipped a wing, and crashed on a roadway short of the YVR runway 26L. The TSB investigation team will work to determine what caused a seemingly normal and stable approach to end so tragically.

With every TSB investigation, there are three main phases: the field phase; the post-field phase; and the report production phase. For this occurrence, the team of TSB investigators, under the leadership of the TSB Investigator in Charge (IIC), is currently in the field phase in which they will examine the wreckage, conduct interviews with crew, passengers and witnesses, and gather as much information as possible. The team will look at all factors such as meteorological conditions, the mechanical condition of the aircraft, practices and procedures, human factors, safety management and training.

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.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca