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Probe finds crashed plane in AB that killed five

Dec. 10, 2009 – An investigation into a plane crash in Alberta that killed five people concludes a similar crash could happen again.


December 10, 2009
By Administrator

Dec. 10, 2009 – An investigation into a plane crash in Alberta that killed five people concludes a similar crash could happen again.

The Transportation Safety Board found that the single-engine Piper aircraft was overloaded, the pilot lacked refresher training and the aircraft's gyroscope failed due to lack of maintenance.

The board suggests that a similar combination of errors would make it difficult for a pilot to handle an aircraft.

The aircraft was owned by A.D. Williams Engineering, and the crash near Wainwright killed company president Reagan Williams, two senior employees and two contractors.

It was the second fatal crash involving an aircraft owned by the Edmonton-based engineering firm.

Five months earlier, company founder Allen Williams and a senior executive died in a crash near Golden, B.C., although Williams' three-year-old granddaughter miraculously survived.