The Transportation Safety Board has made two recommendations into a fatal 2017 plane crash in northern Saskatchewan.
One person was killed and 24 others injured when a Westwind Aviation plane crashed near Fond Du Lac last December.
The board recommends airlines work to ensure they’re in line with de-icing regulations and making sure equipment is available at airports to guarantee compliance.
“We want Transport Canada, air operators and airport authorities to make sure that adequate de-icing and anti-icing equipment is available for those who need to use it,” said Kathy Fox, Chair of the TSB.
The plane wasn’t de-iced prior to take off. It appears to be an issue at many airports, as a questionnaire was sent out to pilots across the country, examining if similar circumstances occurred at Canada’s northern airports. Of more than 650 responses received, data concludes pilots frequently take off with key parts of the plane contaminated.
Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has a 90 day window to respond to the board regarding action taken in response to the recommendations.