Two people made a “controlled ejection” and walk away from scene
On Friday afternoon, a plane crashed south of 15 Wing Moose Jaw.
“Two people made a controlled ejection from a CT-156 Harvard aircraft and that was initiated when the pilot determined it would not be safe to attempt a controlled landing,” said Capt. Thomas Edelson, spokesperson for 15 Wing. “Rescue crews and vehicles were on the scene shortly after the incident and both personnel walked away from the area where they touched down under parachute.”
The incident took place at approximately 1:50 p.m. Edelson said the medical team picked up the two individuals were taken to the hospital for a “routine medical evaluation.”
“It’s part of the procedure that happens after any ejection,” he said. “The plane flew itself into an empty field about 10 miles to the south of the base.”
He said it is unknown why the ejections were necessary.
“That basically belongs to the director of flight safety now to determine what the conditions were that the pilot felt made it unsafe and whatever evidence they can gather from the plane or what’s left of the plane,” said Edelson. “The factors that contributed to the pilot’s decision, that would be speculation on my part.”
As of late Friday afternoon, he anticipated the investigators being on scene for “quite some time.”
“You don’t just go out there to clean up the aircraft,” said Edelson. “You have to take pictures and look at the evidence first and make all these notes before you actually start the clean-up.”
He said 15 Wing is continuing to monitor the situation and the investigation is ongoing.
“The end of it is it’s certainly a very unusual day at 15 Wing and certainly an unusual day for the two people in that aircraft, but everything worked. The safety system’s worked. They got out of the plane. Their parachutes worked,” said Edelson.
“The response teams were nearly immediately on scene. Both people walked away after an ejection. So while it’s a different kind of event, I think it went as well as you could want.”
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