Investigators looking for the cause of a plane crash that killed former premier Jim Prentice and three others, including the lone pilot, have their work cut out for them.
The Transportation Safety Board says the 1974 Cessna Citation was not equipped with voice or flight data recorders, adding it was not required to be.
Beverly Harvey, the TSB Investigator-in-Charge, says they’ll now examine and document the wreckage, and transfer relevant components to their laboratory in Ottawa for further analysis.
“We will gather additional information about weather conditions. We will gather information on air traffic communications and radar information. Obtain aircraft maintenance records and pilot records. Interview witnesses and next of kin. Review operational policies, and examine the regulatory requirements.”
She says there were no emergency or distress calls made as the small private jet went down approximately 11 km’s north of the Kelowna Airport — about eight minutes after take-off on Thursday night.
“The initial examination suggests the aircraft was destroyed from high deceleration forces after a vertical descent.”
The lone pilot has been identified as Jim Kruck, a 62-year-old retired Mountie from Airdrie who had been flying for four decades.
The crash also claimed the lives of Dr. Ken Gellatly and Sheldon Reid, who was a prominent investor from Calgary.
They had all been on a day-trip to Kelowna for a game of golf when something went horribly wrong on the flight back to Calgary. (td)