Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

December 06, 2006 11:00 ET

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada Releases its Final Investigation Report Into the Aircraft Accident in Downtown Winnipeg in 2005

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 6, 2006) - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its final investigation report (A05C0187) into the fatal accident that occurred in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on October 6, 2005 involving a Cessna 208 series aircraft. The Board looked at a number of factors and found that, although the aircraft took off clean, the performance diminished as ice built up on its critical surfaces.

On October 6, 2005, a Cessna 208B, registration C-FEXS, operated by Morningstar Air Express Inc. as Flight MAL8060, departed Winnipeg, Manitoba, at 0537 central daylight time on a freight flight to Thunder Bay, Ontario, with one pilot on board. The aircraft departed Runway 36, climbed, and turned right on course. About 4.5 nautical miles southeast of the airport, the aircraft began a descent and the pilot requested an immediate return to the Winnipeg International Airport due to icing considerations, but did not declare an emergency. The aircraft turned right, to a southwesterly heading, and then the descent continued below radar coverage. After a very steep descent, it crashed on railway tracks, in the City of Winnipeg. The pilot was fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post-impact fire. The TSB immediately launched an investigation into the accident, and reviewed aircraft performance data and other occurrences involving the Cessna 208 aircraft type.

Early in this investigation, the TSB recommended to Transport Canada (TC) that Cessna 208 pilots not take off into anything more than light icing (Recommendation A06-01). The Board also recommended safer procedures for pilots encountering icing conditions in flight (Recommendation A06-02). Similar recommendations were also issued to the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 31 January 2006. These have led to significant safety actions in Canada and around the world. TC and the FAA have responded to the recommendations, and their responses, along with the Board's assessments, can be found on the TSB Web site.

"Last January, the TSB recommended safer procedures for pilots encountering icing conditions in flight," said Mrs. Wendy A. Tadros, Chair of the TSB. "We also went to the root of the problem, making recommendations to advance safety for the 1713 Cessna 208s that fly worldwide."

While encouraged that significant safety actions have been taken by regulatory authorities to date, the Board believes that it would be safer still if Cessna 208 pilots never take off or continue flight into anything more than light icing. Therefore, the Board will continue to monitor this important issue and make its conclusions public.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

This communique is available on the TSB Web site at

The following documents are also available on this site:

Report Number A05C0187
Communique issued on January 31, 2006
Air Recommendations and Assessments of Responses

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