Friday, August 17, 2012

Piper PA-30, Canadian Registration C-GLGJ: Accident occurred August 13, 2012 in Kelowna, Canada

NTSB Identification: ANC12WA087 
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Monday, August 13, 2012 in Kelowna, Canada
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: C-GLGJ
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 Serious.

On August 13, 2012, about 1729 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-30 airplane, (Canadian Registration C-GLGJ) was on a VFR flight plan from Penticton to Boundary Bay, British Columbia. The Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre received an ELT signal, and a search was commenced. The aircraft had crashed in a wooded area near the Brenda Lake mine site, approximately 18 nm west of Kelowna, BC. One of the occupants was deceased, and the other three were transported to the hospital with critical injuries.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Canadian government. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Canadian government. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
200 Promenade du Portage
Place du Centre, 4th Floor
Hull, Quebec K1A 1K8

Tel.: (1) 819-994-4252
(1) 819-997-7887 (24 hour)
Fax: (1) 819-953-9586

 Anyone with information on this accident is encouraged to call the TSB at 604-666-5826.

In their first look at a crashed plane on Tuesday, Transportation Safety Board investigators found "severe damage."

Travis Shelongosky, the investigator in charge, reported to his superiors Tuesday night that he and assistant Glen Friesen, both from Richmond, arrived at the crash site on the Brenda Mines property, 30 kilometres west of Peachland and just off the Okanagan Connector, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

A coroner completed her on-site work at 12:30 p.m. and they then did a preliminary examination of the Piper PA-30 Commanche and the site, said board spokesman John Cottreau from his Gatineau, Que., Office on Wednesday.

"There is severe damage to the aircraft due to the crash into trees and they're anticipating that the wreckage will be removed by Sunday."

The crash, shortly after 5 p.m., killed 30-year-old Jayson Dallas Wesley Smith, 30, of Vancouver, according to coroner Barb McLintock.

It also critically injured three other people: a 35-year-old man, and two women, 25 and 26 years of age, respectively. Their names and place of residence have not been released.

The man and one woman were flown to the roof of Kelowna General Hospital by the B.C. Ambulance Service-contracted helicopter based in Kamloops. A Cormorant military helicopter from the 442 Squadron in Comox flew one of the women to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. One patient was subsequently transferred to a Vancouver hospital.

Search-and-rescue officials said the twin-engine plane was travelling from Penticton to Boundary Bay.

The wreckage was found by a Buffalo search-and-rescue plane which was returning to the 19 Wing Comox air force base on Vancouver Island from a training mission on Monday afternoon when a WestJet airliner reported picking up an emergency locator beacon.

It took the Buffalo almost two hours before the crew finally located the wreckage. Then two crew members parachuted into a clearing, walked to the crash site and found the survivors, one able to call out to them, two unconscious.

The plane's wings were broken off and the fuselage was no longer in one piece.

Anyone with information on this accident is encouraged to call the TSB at 604-666-5826.

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