Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary University Voluntarily Grounds Tecnam Planes after Fatal Crash

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary University Voluntarily Grounds Tecnam Planes after Fatal Crash

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University to ground planes like one that crashed

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CALGARY - Mount Royal University says it is voluntarily grounding two planes in its flight training program after a third crashed last month, killing two instructors.

The university says the decision to ground its two remaining Tecnam P2006T aircraft is based on caution, not on any instruction from Transport Canada or the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

It says students will continue to learn on the school's five single-engine Cessna 172 aircraft.

One or two twin-engine planes will be leased as part of the next phase of operations and the school says it's exploring options for students to get required twin-engine training through other reputable flying schools.

Pilot instructors Jeff Bird, 35, and Reyn Johnson, 64, died when the Tecnam aircraft crashed northwest of Calgary on Feb. …

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