On 18 November 2012, the Cessna 208 C-GAGP, operated by Gogal Air Services Ltd., departed Snow Lake Manitoba on a flight to Winnipeg. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft struck terrain in a wooded area near the runway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The seven surviving passengers were evacuated to area hospitals. The pilot was fatally injured.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) deployed investigators to the site, and opened an investigation into the accident.
Ross Peden has 35 years of civil aviation experience. In September 2001, he joined the TSB Central Region office in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a flight operations investigator. Prior to joining the TSB, he worked as an airline pilot for different Canadian and foreign carriers, spending 4 years in Sudan and 3 years in France. During that time, he flew different aircraft types, starting on small bush aircraft and finishing his career as a commercial pilot on large jet aircraft. In 1996, he joined Transport Canada as an instrument procedures specialist, then worked at system safety.
Since joining the TSB, Mr. Peden has participated in several investigations, including the 2005 Air France accident at Pearson Airport in Toronto.
Transportation Safety Board investigation process
There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation: