Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, C-GLGJ: Accident occurred August 13, 2012 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

A Surrey man says his daughter’s death in a plane crash near Kelowna in August 2012 could have been prevented. 

That’s why he’s launched a lawsuit against the parties involved.

Greg Sewell says he is suing the plane’s owners, the pilot, maintenance companies as well as the companies responsible for designing the aircraft and the engine, because the accident was a survivable impact crash.

“I believe it could have been prevented, I believe all four would have survived had this plane been equipped with more modern safety equipment.”

Sewell’s daughter Lauren was killed with her boyfriend Dallas Smith when the Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche aircraft they were flying in slammed into trees near Brenda Mine.

He believes shoulder harness restraints could have saved their lives.

Read the TSB report online 

Lauren Patricia Sewell, 24, of Surrey, shown here in a photo from her Facebook page, was killed in a plane crash on August 13, 2012 near Kelowna.

Jayson Dallas Wesley Smith and Lauren Sewell - both were killed in a plane crash near Kelowna on August 13, 2012. 

Aviation Investigation Report A12P0136  
Collision with Terrain
Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche C-GLGJ
Kelowna, British Columbia, 18 nm W
13 August 2012

Summary:    The privately operated Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche (serial number 30-300, registration C-GLGJ) departed Penticton Airport, British Columbia, at 1432 Pacific Daylight Time on a visual flight rules flight plan during daylight hours, to Boundary Bay; 1 pilot and 3 passengers were on board. The aircraft flew northbound over Okanagan Lake for approximately 20 nautical miles, before turning west into a valley; this was about 14 nautical miles further than planned, due to a lower-than-expected rate of climb. At 1454, an overflying airliner received an emergency locator transmitter signal, which the airliner pilot relayed to the area control centre, and the area control centre relayed to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre. The aircraft wreckage was located about 2½ hours later, in a wooded area near the Brenda Mines site, approximately 18 nautical miles west of Kelowna. There was no fire. All 4 occupants were critically injured; 1 occupant died at the site, and a second died in hospital 2 days later.

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

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