Flying operations resume at 15 Wing

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RCMP had set up a barricade around the crash site Friday afternoon and were keeping media out.

One member treated for minor injury after Friday's ejection

Flying operations have resumed at 15 Wing Moose Jaw following Friday’s crash of a military training plane.

Two people made a controlled ejection from a CT-156 Harvard II aircraft just before 2 p.m. on Friday.

“The two members were both assessed and released from the hospital,” said Susan Magill, 15 Wing’s public affairs officers.

One of the Canadian Forces members was treated at the hospital for a minor injury.

She said once the injured person is cleared to go back to work, they’ll be back to flying.

Captain Thomas Edelson told the Times-Herald on Friday the controlled ejection was initiated when the pilot determined it wouldn’t be safe to attempt a controlled landing.

The instructor had about a year of experience in that position and the student pilot had taken about 10 lessons before Friday’s parachute landing.

It’s still unknown why the ejections were necessary.

“The flight safety investigation team is now in the recovery phase,” Magill said. “Their job now will be to gather it all up, mark it, photograph it and analyze it.

“It’s quite a lengthy process because literally they have to put the pieces back together.”

She said the findings will be released in a public report, but the process could take longer than a year.

“We could have indications to what they thought it was before then,” Magill said.

She said there has been no panic about checking other training planes for similar issues because the issue hasn’t been identified. She said concerns like weather, the skill of the people inside the aircraft and the age of the aircraft will all be examined.

“Was it a once in a blue moon occasion, or is this something we need to look at in consideration?” Magill asked.

 “We’ve been here for quite some time and haven’t had anything like this happen, so we need to look at a lot of concerns.”

The value of the plane was estimated between $8-million to $10-million.

After the ejection, the plane flew itself into an empty field about 10 miles south of the base.

Emergency crews were on scene shortly after the incident on Friday, and RCMP members held the perimeter as investigators documented the scene.

Organizations: Canadian Forces, Times-Herald, RCMP

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