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TSB: excessive weight and icing primary causes of Caravan crash near Pelee Islan
11 April 2006

The TSB of Canada released its final report into the crash of a Georgian Express Cessna 208B Caravan off Pelee Island on January 17, 2004. Investigators discovered that, at take-off, the weight of the aircraft exceeded the maximum allowable gross take off weight by at least 15 per cent and that the aircraft was contaminated with ice. Therefore, the aircraft was being flown significantly outside the limitations under which it was certified for safe flight. The investigation also revealed that the aircraft stalled too low to allow recovery before it struck the ice surface of Lake Erie. The Board concluded that, on this flight, the pilot’s decision to take off was likely adversely affected by some combination of stress and fatigue. (TSB)