Records Of Aircraft, Airline Investigated In Accident That
looking into what brought down a Cessna 208 Caravan (file photo of
type, right) Saturday on Vancouver Island, B.C. The accident killed
three aboard the Sonicblue airliner, and injured five others.
Prior to the accident, the pilot radioed the Port Alberni
airport requesting an emergency landing, but the plane went down
about six miles from the airport. Police confirmed the pilot,
another man and a three-year-old boy died at the scene.
Five others were rescued by search-and-rescue crews who
parachuted into the area, or were winched down from
"The five remaining individuals have been treated," said
Corporal Rob Foster of the Port Alberni Royal Canadian Mounted
Police detachment. "A 13-month-old female child was transported to
Children's Hospital in Vancouver."
Police haven't released the victim's names.
While the cause of the accident hasn't been determined,
investigators haven't ruled out anything -- including the
possibility icing may have played a role. As Aero-News reported last
week, the NTSB has issued several urgent safety
recommendations after 33 people died over the last 15 years in
accidents attributed to icing on Caravans.
Canada's Transportation Safety Board has not issued a similar
warning, although the agency is looking into two other accidents
involving the C208.
"All I can tell you is that we are going to look at... what is
known about the Cessna 208, and that everything that we know and
everything that we discover through our investigations will figure
into our final report," said spokesperson John Cottreau to CBC
Investigators are also looking at Sonicblue's safety record. The
airline -- formerly known as Regency Express -- has suffered two
fatal accidents since 1998.
CBC also reports Sonicblue was fined last year for failing to
follow proper maintenance procedures... and for letting
students fly commercial flights.
Company representatives declined to answer any questions about
the accident, saying only the airline's employees have been praying
for the five passengers in hospital.