CESSNA 208 CARAVAN, PELEE ISLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA, JAN. 17, 2004–The Canadian-registered Air Georgian Caravan (CFAGA), operating as air-taxi Flight 126, crashed shortly after departure at 9:39 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard later located the wreckage nose down in the water one mile west of Pelee Island, a Canadian island in Lake Erie; 10 people on board were killed. The crash site was about 20 miles north of Sandusky, Ohio.
An FAA preliminary report on the January 17 fatal crash of a Canadian airline-operated Cessna Caravan near Lake Erie’s Pelee Island, Toronto, indicates that freezing rain prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and all nine passengers were killed. Transport Canada has suspended the air operator certificate of the carrier, Air Georgian Express, following a review of the company’s documentation.
People fly on general aviation aircraft because they can go where they want to, when they want to. It stands to reason that you don’t hear much about trips to the Gulf Coast of Texas in mid-summer (not voluntary ones, anyway) or trips to northern Canadian lake regions for the traditional February school vacation week.
Nav Canada, the nation’s provider of ATC services, plans to start building a new control tower at Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport this summer. The tower, expected to become operational next June, will be located on the south side of the airport, opposite the side of the existing facility built in 1967.
Air Canada Jazz suspended all service to Toronto City Centre Airport on March 1 after an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that the airline would have to vacate the premises to make way for Regco Holdings subsidiary Porter Airlines. Jazz sought an injunction from the provincial court to block its eviction from the facilities by the leaseholder, fellow Regco subsidiary City Centre Aviation.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Pelee Island, Ontario, Jan. 17, 2004–The Canadian Transportation Safety Board has released its final report of the Georgian Express Caravan that crashed in Lake Erie, near Pelee Island. The airplane was 1,270 pounds overweight and was laden with ice. The ATP-rated pilot’s decision to take off in icing
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