Biplane crashed after propeller fell apart and engine fell out: TSB

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Investigators at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada say a plane crash at the Brandon airport yesterday afternoon was caused by a propeller that fell apart, which shook the engine right out of the plane.

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Investigators at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada say a plane crash at the Brandon airport yesterday afternoon was caused by a propeller that fell apart, which shook the engine right out of the plane.

The 1942 Boeing B75N1 Steadman, owned by Vintage Wings of Canada, was en route from Regina to St. Andrews, and was only making a stop for fuel at McGill Field in Brandon yesterday.

After refuelling and taking off, though, the TSB says that one of the plane’s propeller blades broke off, at its base. That caused a severe vibration that broke the plane’s engine off of its mounts. Investigators say that the engine fell off during flight.

Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun Emergency crews work to stabilize a passenger from a vintage biplane that crashed on takeoff at the Brandon Municipal Airport over the noon hour on Tuesday.

After initially pitching up, the plane crashed nose-first into the runway — injuring both people inside. They were taken to hospital.

According to the TSB, there was no fire after the crash.

The incident is classified as a Class 5, which is considered the lowest severity, and is essentially data collection by the agency. A Class 1 incident would be a public inquiry.

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