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:
- Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
- Post-field 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 production 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.