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.