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2014-02-27 at 14:40

Darkness, low runway lights played role in 2012 Pickle Lake plane crash: TSB

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By tbnewswatch.com

Investigators say darkness and low-intensity runway lights played a role in a deadly 2012 plane crash near Pickle Lake.

Officials with the Transportation Safety Board said the pilots of the Aerofab Lake 250 aircraft probably lost their bearings due to a lack of visual clues.

The small plane came in at six times the normal rate of descent and hit the ground on the night of Oct. 16, killing both pilots and one of two passengers onboard. 

The safety board's final report says darkness and a lack of visual clues east of the runway contributed to the pilots losing perspective on how quickly the plane was descending.

The crash killed Michel Nadeau, who was 57; Bernard Mailloux, who was 54; and 27-year-old Yanick Fournier, all of Trois Rivieres, Que.

 

(Thunder Bay Television)

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