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Whiteout cause of Waskada plane crash: TSB

The cause of a deadly plane crash that claimed four lives has been released, just seven days after the one-year anniversary of the tragic event.

On Feb. 10, 2013, Darren Spence, a crop duster based in southwestern Manitoba, was at the controls of the plane when it crashed just north of Waskada, killing him, his sons — 10-year-old Gage and nine-year-old Logan — and a friend of the boys, nine-year-old Dawson Pentecost.

Whiteout conditions and the loss of situational awareness are what led to the crash, according to a Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigation report released Monday.

The report stated that about 30 minutes after the privately-owned Cessna 210C took flight, fog moved into the area. The investigation also determined that the terrain, coupled with the reported weather conditions, was conducive of a whiteout.

The TSB report concluded that the "pilot likely flew inadvertently into a whiteout, lost situational awareness and lost control of the aircraft."

More on this story in Tuesday's Brandon Sun.

 

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WHITEOUT would only be a contributing factor to the plane crash. NOT the cause?

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