Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 05/16/2014 2:04 AM | Comments: 0
After waiting through two hours of freezing rain, Jamie Kaczmar suspected something was amiss when a Gogal Air Services pilot started cleaning off his windshield with a credit card.
Then the pilot of another plane, the Cessna 208B Kaczmar was on, started using a broom to knock the ice off the wings just before takeoff at the Snow Lake airport. Minutes later on Nov. 18, 2012, the plane started lurching from side to side and up and down before the engine stalled.
"Then the pilot restarted the engine, and we drove it right into the ground," Kaczmar said.
With one broken vertebrae, eight broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, a bruised heart and kidneys and a sprained ankle, he slowly -- and painfully -- pulled himself out of the wreckage, which was about 1.6 kilometres beyond the end of the runway.
The other six passengers -- all of whom worked in the mining industry, did the same -- but the pilot wasn't as fortunate. Mark Gogal, 40, was killed.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its findings on the crash Thursday. Peter Hildebrand, manager of regional operations investigations, said the plane was about 270 kilograms over its maximum gross takeoff weight and the wings and tail were "contaminated" with ice.
"The more overweight you are, the higher the risk. If you operate with ice on your wings, the more ice, the higher the risk. If you have both of them together, the risk goes up very dramatically," Hildebrand said.
The report isn't about laying blame or criminal or civil liability, just assessing the risks, he said. The crash didn't have to happen, he said.
"There were risks that were incurred that certainly could have been prevented," he said.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 16, 2014 A8
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
After warm week, rain and winds in store for Winnipeg today
Mother reaches out to find missing son
Manitoba Liberals gear up for 2016; unveil a new website ahead of campaign
Nearly 3,400 hydro customers without power in St. Vital and Southdale
Police make arrests in connection with stabbings on Saturday night
Winnipeg police release the name of the man who died after being stabbed on Friday
Suspect sought in sex assault
Man dies after being stabbed
Readers welcome review of opening prayers
Room for improvement on addressing issue
Things to Do