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News release

TSB launches investigation into the accident involving a Cessna Citation north of Kelowna, British Columbia

Richmond, British Columbia, 15 October 2016 – Today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) began the Field Phase of its investigation (A16P0186) into the 13 October 2016 accident north of Kelowna, British Columbia involving a Cessna Citation aircraft. The TSB offers its condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in this accident.

What we know

Work to date

The occurrence site is currently under the control of the BC Coroners Service. The TSB has been granted access to the site. There are currently 5 investigators on site.

The RCMP is providing an unmanned aerial vehicle for site survey and documentation. This data will be provided to the BC Coroners Service and to the TSB.

So far, the team has:

The team will continue taking measurements and documenting the site into the evening.

Next steps

In the coming days, the team will also:

Communication of safety deficiencies

Investigations are complex and we take the time needed to complete a thorough investigation. However, should the investigation team uncover safety deficiencies that present an immediate risk, the Board will communicate them without delay.

Further, it is important not to draw conclusions or speculate as to causes at this time. There are often many factors that can contribute to an accident.

Additional updates will be provided as required.


The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca