Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 20, 2007 10:48 ET

Media Advisory/Initial Flight Safety Report: Snowbirds Accident of May 18, 2007

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2007) - The initial flight safety report entitled "From the Investigator" (FTI), dealing with the May 18, 2007 Snowbirds crash in Montana, will be available today on the Air Force Directorate of Flight Safety (DFS) website.

The DFS investigation is still ongoing, but the FTI is the team's initial report containing the facts of the accident as they are known at this time. Conclusions, cause factors and recommendations are not contained in the FTI report. A final Flight Safety Incident Report (FSIR) will be published on the same website, normally within one year of the accident.

Flight safety investigations are ordered to determine the causes of accidents so measures can be put in place to prevent a recurrence. These preventive measures can then be applied throughout the Air Force.

The FTI can be viewed at the Directorate of Flight Safety web site as follows:

Questions about the Flight Safety report for this accident should be directed to the DND/CF Media Liaison Office at 996-2353 or 996-2354.

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