Safety board mulls probe

MEGAN GILLIS -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:42 PM ET

Investigators with the country's transportation watchdog are deciding whether to launch a full-scale probe of the crash that killed pilot Scott Manning.

The Transportation Safety Board took the remains of his tiny jet to its hangar near the Ottawa Airport and will likely decide tomorrow whether to investigate or just record the crash.

"It's a matter of learning lessons about transportation safety," said board spokesman John Cottreau. "If there are lessons to be learned that will improve transportation safety in the federally regulated sector, then we do an investigation.

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"If the causes are already understood and well-known, there's no use in doing an investigation."

The board may also investigate if there's a "significant public expectation" it will find the cause of the crash.

The board probed the collision of two planes at last summer's Moose Jaw, Sask., air show, which left both pilots dead.

The board blamed pilot error while aborting a stunt.

Witnesses said Manning was making a perfect practice run when his jet nosedived.

There was no warning he was in trouble. He didn't radio a distress call.

Last year, Transport Canada recorded 258 aircraft accidents across the country. Fifty-one people were killed 37 seriously injured.


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