If key safety measures had been in place before a Cessna Caravan with 10 people on board crashed in January 2004, it would have made a difference, Eric Edmondson testified Wednesday.
Edmondson, who was vice-president of operations for Georgian Express Ltd. when the plane crashed into Lake Erie on Jan. 17, 2004, testified safety measures implemented by the air service company after the crash could have changed the fatal outcome.
He suggested the addition of a second crew member for flights to and from the Pelee Island Airport “would have been the best bet.”
Testifying that Wayne Price, the pilot of the doomed flight, “was … making bad decisions,” Edmondson said a second crew member could have provided sober second thought.
A report by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, completed two years after the fatal crash, concluded the plane took off overweight and contaminated by ice.
Jerry O’Brien, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, asked Edmondson, who is now president and CEO of Air Georgian, why there wasn’t a ladder for the pilot to inspect the plane or adequate de-icing equipment at the Pelee Island Airport.