Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

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A Calgary reservist charged with manslaughter in a training accident in Afghanistan has admitted he could have prevented the death of a Canadian soldier two years ago.

Major Darryl Watts confirmed under cross-examination that if he had ordered his soldiers inside armoured vehicles during a Claymore firing, it is likely Corporal Josh Baker would still be alive.

Baker died and four others were injured when ball bearings from the anti-personnel mine hit the platoon.

Watts maintained he was not in charge of range safety, but admitted he could have ordered the men to take cover or have called off the firing altogether. (The Canadian Press)



The Transportation Safety Board is still trying to determine the cause of a plane crash in northern Manitoba that killed one person and left seven others injured.

Regional manager Peter Hildebrand says investigators are still piecing together what happened before the small Cessna went down in Snow Lake on November 18th.

Hildebrand says there is already one conclusion that can be drawn from the crash -- more safety regulations are needed for small aircraft.

The safety board is reiterating a call for the federal government to require flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders on small planes, as it already does on larger ones. (The Canadian Press)



A helicopter pilot killed in a crash in central Alberta was not experienced enough to be flying in bad weather.

That's according to the Transportation Safety Board, which determined that the unnamed pilot had logged 390 hours of flight time, but needed 500 hours to fly in reduced visibility.

The Bell 206 Jet Ranger had departed from Whitecourt on October 5th, 2011 when it went down in a hay field near the air strip at Drayton Valley, about 150 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.

The pilot, the only person on board, worked for Rotorworks Inc. …

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