----- Original Message -----
From: Kirsten Stevens
To: Terry Burtch
Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2007 2:30 PM
Subject: Engine Recovered: TSB A05P0039
Dear Mr. Burtch;
By now I expect you have heard that the families of Arnie Feast, Doug and Trevor Decock, Fabian Bedard and Dave Stevens have been successful in recovering the engine of the accident aircraft C-GAQW (A05P0039:† February 28, 2005).† Having delivered the power section and what remains of the blower and accessory section (recovered July 28, 2005) to the TSB office in Richmond on September 13th, 2007, we trust that:
∑ An experienced investigator knowledgeable in DHC-2 aircraft, P&W R-985 engines,† Hamilton Standard propellers and Edo 4580 floats will be assigned;
∑ You will re-evaluate your decision as stated in your email of August 1st,† 2007 and the Occurrence Classification will now be increased to at least a Level 3 (we still believe a Level 1 Ė Public Inquiry - would be more appropriate) and a full investigation for cause will now proceed;
∑ Transport Canada Civil Aviation representatives, including Maintenance and Manufacturing and Occupational Health and Safety will be involved in the investigation (email to Director General Merlin Preuss cc'd to you)
∑ A final report will be made public at the earliest possible date, taking into account all factors as expressed in my email copied to the TSB and dated January 19th, 2007 (copy "Request for Assistance" attached) including, but not limited to;
o Improper maintenance;
o Float guidelines;
o Communications and emergency notification;
o Operational/management factors;
o Lack of Transport Canada oversight;
I am attaching for your convenience a map and notations made by a float pilot who was flying the area that day.† We hope you will be inclined to use this information in your final analysis.
As you know, since my husband Dave Stevensí body was found and his autopsy completed on March 7th, 2005 (indicating that he had drowned with no serious injury and despite wearing a Mustang Survival jacket, after suffering extensively from hypothermia) that this was a survivable accident.†
We trust that safety recommendations reflective of the issues facing floatplane operators on the West Coast and across Canada will result from your investigations.
We look forward to your prompt response.
492 South McPhedran Road
Campbell River, BC
CANADA V9W 5K5
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