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Teen pilot unable to recover from manoeuvre in fatal training flight: report

Lorne Mark Parreault.
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September 30, 2014 - 2:26 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Transportation Safety Board has concluded that a 16-year-old pilot died because he was unable to recover from a manoeuvre, sending the plane into a nosedive into mountainous terrain west of Kamloops.

The TSB investigation says Lorne Perreault crashed at high speed during a two-hour training flight on Aug. 6, 2013.

The report says the aircraft disappeared from radar shortly after climbing to 2,700 metres, and Perreault and the Cessna were found the next day.

Investigators say the aircraft was not carrying an emergency locator, which resulted in a delay in finding the pilot and plane.

While the board notes the locator was not required because the flight was not intended to go beyond 40 nautical kilometres from Kamloops, it says the removal of the instrument should have been documented.

Lead investigator Glen Friesen says there is every reason to believe that the teen was ready to fly solo, but the report says the condition of the cabin after impact suggested the accident was not survivable.

Perreault was born in 1997 in Fort McMurray Alberta. He was a student at At. Ann's Academy and was about to enter grade 11 in the fall of 2013, according to his obituary.

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Lorne Perreault student pilot flight in Kamloops before he was killed in a plane crash
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