Pilot error, equipment failure factors in Kirby Lake crash
Equipment failure and a cockpit conversation between the pilots were cited as factors in the October 2010 crash that killed one person and injured nine others in northeastern Alberta.
Andrew Fielding, 31, a pilot with Kenn Borek Air, died when the Beechcraft King Air 100 crashed as it was approaching the Kirby Lake airstrip around 11:20 a.m. on Oct. 25.
Fielding was the captain of the plane but the co-pilot was operating the controls, the report said.
The investigation report from Transportation Safety Board indicated that both pilots engaged in conversation that was "not related to the operation of the aircraft," contrary to company policy.
Normally, a warning horn goes off in the cockpit. In this case — for reasons that remain unknown to the TSB — it did not.
The left wing dropped and the pilots lost control of the aircraft. The altitude was too low for a successful recovery and the plane crashed 53 metres short of the runway.
Four of the nine survivors, including the co-pilot, were seriously injured.
The report says Kenn Borek Air has taken a number of actions after the crash, including developing and implementing review exams for staff on so-called sterile cockpit procedures and approaches at remote airports.
No one from the airline could be reached for comment.