Thunder Bay

Probe into Wasaya Airways crash near Pickle Lake begins: TSB

Investigators have begun looking into Friday's fatal Wasaya Airways cargo plane crash in northwestern Ontario.
The pilot of a Wasaya Cessna 208 was found dead by rescuers — about 28 kilometres north of Pickle Lake — on Friday night. (Transportation Safety Board)

Investigators have begun looking into Friday's fatal Wasaya Airways cargo plane crash in northwestern Ontario.

The Transportation Safety Board sent two investigators to the site, which is located about 30 km north of Pickle Lake. A pilot — and lone occupant of the aircraft — was found by rescuers on Friday night.

The regional manager for the Transportation Safety Board based in Winnipeg told CBC News the initial investigation will take about 10 days.

This includes "examining and documenting the wreckage to find pieces for further lab analysis," Eric Vermette said.

"We'll be examining terrain features, weather conditions at the time of the occurrence, [and] any communication with air traffic control."

Investigators will also look at maintenance and pilot training records and interview witnesses. After that, it will be determined whether a full investigation is warranted.

Vermette says the aircraft will be left at a secure site and some items from the aircraft will be kept for analysis.

The Transportation Safety Board has sent two investigators to probe the crash site of a plane that went down, north of Pickle Lake, on Friday. (Transportation Safety Board)

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.