Weather and poor recovery led to fatal plane crash in downtown Yellowknife

Two crew members are dead after a float plane crashed into a bustling residential area of...

Two crew members are dead after a float plane crashed into a bustling residential area of Yellowknife. Police and emergency crews are seen responding to the scene on Thursday September 22, 2011. (John Doody, Special to QMI Agency)

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Weather conditions and improper recovery were to blame for a spectacular plane crash in downtown Yellowknife, N.W.T., that killed two pilots in September 2011.

The Twin Otter float plane attempted to land in gusty winds when it bounced, flipped and landed on its right float, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) stated in its report released Wednesday.

The pilots aborted the landing and the aircraft took off with the nose high and right wing low, the report states. The nose was raised too high, reducing its speed and the plane couldn't accelerate or climb, investigators found. The plane struck power lines and the side of a building, eventually stopping in a parking lot.

Both pilots were killed, four passengers were seriously hurt and three others suffered minor injuries.

The Arctic Sunwest Charters plane was returning from a mining camp when the crash occurred.


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