Air transportation safety investigation A16P0186
Update : The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 26 April 2019.
Loss of control and collision with terrain
Cessna Citation 500, C-GTNG
Kelowna Airport, British Columbia, 4.5 nm NE
On 13 October 2016, a privately operated Cessna Citation 500 (registration C-GTNG, serial number 500-0169), departed Kelowna Airport (CYLW), British Columbia, on an instrument flight rules night flight to Calgary/Springbank Airport (CYBW), Alberta. The pilot and 3 passengers were on board. Shortly after departure, at about 2135 Pacific Daylight Time, the aircraft made a tight right turn as it was climbing through 8600 feet above sea level, and then entered a steep descending turn to the right until it struck the ground. All of the occupants were fatally injured. Impact forces and a post-impact fire destroyed the aircraft. No emergency call was made, and no emergency locator transmitter signal was detected.
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News conference for the release of Aviation Investigation Report A16P0186 (Kelowna)
Kathy Fox, TSB Chair
Beverley Harvey, Investigator-in-charge
TSB deploys a team of investigators to an air accident north of Kelowna, British Columbia
Map showing the location of the occurrence
Beverley Harvey has 30 years of civil aviation experience. She joined the TSB in 2008 as an investigator/operations specialist in the TSB Air Investigations Branch at Head Office, Gatineau, Quebec.
Prior to joining the TSB, she was an inspector at Transport Canada, and a pilot with a commuter airline. During that time she flew different aircraft types, from small aircraft to larger commuter aircraft.
Since joining the TSB, Ms. Harvey has participated in several TSB investigations. On behalf of the TSB, she has assisted foreign investigation agencies in their investigations of accidents abroad.
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Class of investigation
This is a class 2 investigation. These investigations are complex and involve several safety issues requiring in-depth analysis. Class 2 investigations, which frequently result in recommendations, are generally completed within 600 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.
TSB investigation process
There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation
- Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
- Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
- Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.
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