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Optical illusion and cargo/weight issues cited in fatal 2016 plane crash southwest of Prince George
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Optical illusion and cargo/weight issues cited in fatal 2016 plane crash southwest of Prince George

A Transportation Safety Board report says overweight and unsecured cargo, and an optical illusion linked to flying over snow-covered terrain, are partly to blame for a fatal plane crash in British Columbia’s central Interior.

Wreckage of downed plane
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A pilot died and two passengers were seriously injured when a float plane crashed during a hunting expedition in October 2016 near Laidman Lake, about 150 kilometres southwest of Prince George.

The board’s report describes how the aircraft was more than 300 kilograms over its maximum allowable weight, and because the cargo was unsecured, it hit the rear passenger seats when the plane crashed.

The report also says the pilot likely misjudged how close the plane was to the ground because of an optical illusion associated with flying under an overcast sky and over snow-covered vegetation, causing the aircraft to stall when the pilot tried to avoid hitting the hillside.

Two other people on board suffered minor injuries during the crash.

The Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all DHC-2 aircraft that operate commercially in Canada be equipped with a stall-warning system.
(The Canadian Press)

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