February 25, 2015 - 11:44 AM
ALERT BAY, B.C. - The Transportation Safety Board says a float plane that crashed into a remote island off B.C., killing three people, had undergone a series of modifications to change how it operated.
The TSB's investigation found the plane likely stalled as it was preparing to land in October 2013, before plummeting into some trees on West Cracroft Island, part of a series of islands east of Alert Bay.
Pilot Kevin Williams, 42, from Lake Country who started working for Air Cab about 10 days before the crash, died in the impact, along with passengers Frederick Wiley, 59, of Merville on Vancouver Island and Norman Slavik of Surrey.
Joe Hincke of the Transportation Safety Board says Williams may have been flying slower than he should have been because of several changes made to the wing shape and floats.
He says there isn't a standard process around assessing multiple modifications to planes, such as those built from a kit.
Hincke says companies must get permission from Transport Canada before making alterations but pilots are not provided with enough information on how that may affect an aircraft's performance.
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