Gusty crosswinds and poor decision-making by the pilot are blamed for causing the hard landing of a float plane on British Columbia’s north coast that seriously injured one person.
A Transportation Safety Board report identifies those two factors in its examination of the May 2016 accident at Kitkatla, southwest of Prince Rupert, and it says some of its previous warnings could also apply in this probe.
The report says the pilot and six passengers were aboard the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver seaplane when the pilot tried to land in a crosswind and came down on the left float with enough force to bounce the plane back into the air.
The right float then collapsed after hitting the water, and the plane flipped upside down, although all seven people, including the badly injured victim, managed to climb out as it began to sink.
The safety board report says the decision to carry out a water landing in gusty crosswinds, when lower-risk options were available, placed the aircraft occupants at greater risk of an accident.
It also says four of the ten most frequently cited factors in seaplane crashes applied to the Kitkatla crash, including piloting skills, wind conditions and aircraft control.
(The Canadian Press)