Aviation Investigation Report A05C0187

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigated this occurrence for the purpose of advancing transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

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Loss of Control and Collision with Terrain
Morningstar Air Express Inc.
Cessna 208B Caravan C-FEXS
Winnipeg, Manitoba
06 October 2005


The Morningstar Air Express Inc. Cessna 208B Caravan (registration C-FEXS, serial number 208B0542), operating as MAL8060, departed from Winnipeg, Manitoba, on a freight flight to Thunder Bay, Ontario, with one pilot on board. The aircraft departed at 0537 central daylight time. Shortly after take-off, the flight was cleared to 9000 feet above sea level and direct to Thunder Bay. Several minutes later, the aircraft began a descent and the pilot requested an immediate return to the Winnipeg International Airport. The aircraft turned right to a southwesterly heading, and then the descent continued below radar coverage. After a very steep descent, it crashed on railway tracks in Winnipeg. The pilot suffered fatal injuries, and the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and an intense post crash fire.

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© Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada 2006
    Cat. No. TU3-5/05-1E
    ISBN 0-662-44465-5