Fatal flight carrying BC fugitives was overweight when it crashed in Ontario: TSB

The Transportation Safety Board said the small plane carrying the two fugitives that crashed in northern Ontario was overweight and the pilot was not qualified to fly at night.

Flight According to records and witnesses, the Piper Cherokee began its journey in British Columbia and made several stops before crashing near Sioux Lookout, Ontario.

Police said pilots Abhinav Handa, Hankhun Hong, Jean Larkamp and Duncan Bailey died in a crash near Surlookout after departing from Dryden, Ontario.

British Columbia’s anti-gang unit said Larkamp was wanted in Thailand for the murder of another man with ties to the BC gang, but court records show bail conditions related to a separate case. A man of the same name and age that Bailey was wanted by the police for violating the law is shown.B.C. Murder Plan

TSB said the single-engine plane weighed 170 pounds over its maximum takeoff weight when it crashed, but did not say if or what cargo was on board.

It also said the pilot had not logged enough night flights to carry passengers after dark and was not qualified to fly in weather conditions where instrumental navigation was required due to poor visibility. increase.

TSB said its investigation was conducted to improve transportation safety and not to identify fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

Reports say the plane left Dryden’s local airport at 9pm on April 29 and disappeared about four and a half hours later. An emergency locator transmitter activated in the event of a collision and a signal-assisted search and rescue service in locating the scene of an accident.

According to reports, the plane went dark and crashed after hitting trees in a densely wooded area. He hit the canopy at a 90-degree angle and lost control about 100 feet from the first tree he hit.

All four men were mortally wounded.

“The airframe broke apart in a manner consistent with the cartwheeling motion and both fuel cells ruptured,” it said.

The weather forecast suggested broken cloud layers, light rain and fog.

Before departure, the pilot Flight Plan with Nav Canada Flight National information center. During a call, Flight Service specialist did a quick weather forecast and suggested marginal vision Flight There may be rules, the report said.

flying under visual Flight The rules mean that pilots must use visual cues, such as monitoring the ground and horizon, to steer the plane.

Doing so at night can be particularly difficult, and the report states: Flight may not meet the requirements for it to work visually Flight rule.

“Instead, such Flight pilots must rely on them Flight It is a device to ensure the safe operation of aircraft.”

Neither the pilot nor the passenger next to him had commercial pilot licenses, but were not qualified to fly under the instruments. Flight Rule, it says.

The report found no defects on the aircraft and the engines were found to be operating normally.

There were no signs of carburetor icing, but the report said it could have occurred under the weather conditions prevailing at the time.

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