Monday, June 06, 2016

$2,500 Fine: Unoccupied airplane became airborne

Kathryn's Report:

Transport Canada has fined an undisclosed pilot $2,500 for an incident that happened the same day a plane took off by itself and crashed at Nipawin, Saskatchewan.

The pilot was penalized for three violations of Canadian aviation rules: starting an aircraft engine where precautions were not taken to prevent the aircraft from moving, failing to make proper log entries and operating an aircraft without liability insurance.

Authorities said that the incident occurred on the Prairies or northern Canada on March 27, 2015. It was the same date when an Aeronca Chief two-seater plane crashed. The pilot started the plane’s propeller by hand, but he was unable to get inside the plane in time and was left behind. The plane started going forward while unoccupied, eventually achieving takeoff.  

The plane crashed shortly later, but according to the police, no one was injured.

Transport Canada officials refused to confirm that the $2,500 fine was related to the incident at Nipawin airport, citing privacy reasons.

Original article can be found here:

A plane with nobody aboard crashed in a field near Nipawin, Sask., and sure enough, nobody was hurt.

It happened shortly before 6 p.m. CST Thursday at the Nipawin Airport, the RCMP said.  

An initial investigation revealed the pilot tried to “prop start” the plane by standing in front and spinning the propeller by hand.

The engine turned over, but before he could get inside the Aeronca Chief two-seater, it began moving forward on the taxiway, gaining enough speed after 10 metres to become airborne.

Police said the pilot was left behind, embarrassed but uninjured.

A little later, the plane crashed.

The Transportation Safety Board was notified but an official told CBC News that aside from noting the incident, it would not be pursuing the investigation any further.

Nipawin is about 270 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

Original article can be found here:

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