Fatal Cold Lake air show plane crash not caused by mechanical issues or weather: report

A report into a fatal plane crash at an air show in Cold Lake, Alta. did not identify any glaring problems which may have caused the accident, saying mechanical issues and weather were not factors.

Pilot and geologist Bruce Evans of Calgary, died July 17, 2016, when his vintage Trojan T-28 aircraft crashed during an aerobatic routine in front of thousands of horrified spectators at CFB Cold Lake.

A photo of pilot Bruce Evans.

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A report from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said Evans was an experienced pilot of over 20 years with over 4,043 flying hours – 461.5 of which were logged while flying the Trojan T-28. The TSB said he earned a private pilot’s licence in 1993, a commercial licence in 1995 and an airline transport licence in 2015.

Although the Cold Lake Airshow was the pilot’s first event of the season, he had performed in four air shows in Alberta and B.C. in 2015 without any problems, the report said.

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He practiced for the show twice in the months leading up to the air show and his medical certificate was current.

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On July 16 — the first day of the show — Evans performed his 15-move, 12-minute-long aerobatic routine without incident. On the second day, he took off and began performing the routine as planned.

About halfway through his performance Evans modified the order of his manoeuvres, flying what appeared to be half of a lazy eight followed by a half reverse Cuban, instead of the planned slow roll.The TSB noted it is not unusual for pilots to change the order, and is acceptable as long as the changes are consistent with those in the original plan.

After the changes, the plane went into a roll. “As the aircraft reached the inverted position, the roll stopped and the nose began to pitch toward the ground,” the TSB report said.

The plane fell 500 feet, crashing into the ground at a high velocity in a near-vertical attitude. It was destroyed by the impact. The plane crashed near the radar station and some buildings. No one else was injured.

Aerial photograph of the Cold Lake Airshow accident site, located near the precision approach radar facility.

Source: Department of National Defence

Firefighters arrived at the site within a minute and a half of the crash. The remainder of the show was cancelled.

Pilot Bruce Evans, pictured with his Trojan T-28 aircraft.

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The Trojan T-28 aircraft was built in 1954 and was originally used to train United States Navy pilots in the 1950s and ’60s. It was designed for the type of aerobatics in Evan’s routine, including barrel rolls and spins. He had owned the plane since 2007.

“An annual inspection was completed on April 9, 2016. No outstanding defects were noted in the maintenance or aircraft logbooks, and the aircraft had been operated within its weight-and-balance and design limits,” the TSB report stated.

Bruce Evan’s 1954 Trojan T-28 aircraft, pictured at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake on the day of the accident, July 17, 2016.

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The TSB determined the engine and flight controls had been operating normally prior to crash. It was a clear, 22 C day with very little wind. The TSB said weather conditions were not considered a factor in the crash.

Air shows in Canada must undergo an extensive approval process with Transport Canada, and the TSB said the Cold Lake show met all requirements. A Transport Canada inspector is required to attend at least one day of the show to ensure rules are followed. The inspector for this show was not there on the second day when Evans died.

Bruce Evens checks the oil in the engine of his T-28 Trojan in this undated handout photo.

Credit: Dave O'Malley

Evans grew up in a Canadian Air Force family. His biography on the Cold Lake Air Show’s website at the time said his father was an aircraft maintenance engineer.

It also said Evans was from Calgary and ran his own aerial geophysical survey company, Firefly Airborne Surveys, which combined his training as a professional geologist and passion for aviation.

READ MORE: Pilot in Alberta airshow crash remembered as humble and happy

Evans loved to share his passion for aviation with young people, said a friend who met him while they were both part of a training program teaching youth about Canada’s aviation history.

— With files from

Baby’s homemade wheelchair makes the impossible possible

EDMONTON – Sometimes when Eva Moore shows up to play dates, the other kids get jealous of her sweet set of wheels: a rolling purple Bumbo seat, decked out with a banner on the back.

“It’s not a toy; it’s her wheelchair,” her mother, Kim Moore, often has to explain to other toddlers.

The one-year-old does get around a lot faster than her friends, despite the fact that she’s paraplegic.

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    Eight months ago, doctors found a tumour in Eva’s chest and back – Stage 4 neuroblastoma – which caused permanent damage to her spinal cord.

    The infant endured emergency surgery, then eight rounds of chemotherapy. The procedures saved her life, but not her legs.

    “This was one of the most powerful stories of resiliency I’ve ever seen,” pediatric oncologist Bev Wilson said.

    Wilson says Eva has inspired her entire medical team at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

    While a dual diagnosis of cancer and paraplegia would have crushed most parents, the Moores managed to focus on what their daughter could do.

    “(Eva’s parents) normalized her emotional experience, her social development,” Wilson explained. “When she normally would be a crawler, she was able to explore her world, like any other crawling infant would.”

    The Moores found the idea for the chair on Pinterest, then built it themselves by screwing the seat and wheels into a regular cutting board. Eva loves it.

    “It’s really funny – she clicks her wheels,” her mother said.

    “When she gets really excited, she’ll click back and forth.”

    And rolling herself around acts as physiotherapy, strengthening her upper body.

    Though they recently had to install a speed bump in their living room, Eva’s parents hope her disability never slows her down.

    “Just making sure she has the same abilities as any other one-year-old.”

    Watch Below: Eva, her mom and Val from the Kids with Cancer Society joined Global News Morning to explain how a cancer diagnosis left the one-year-old as a paraplegic.

Saskatchewan RCMP field over 850 CRA fraud complaints so far in 2016

So far in 2016, Saskatchewan RCMP have fielded over 850 complaints about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam.

Fraudsters falsely claiming to collect payment for taxes have scammed at least 17 people out of $70,000.

Aggressive scammers threaten residents with arrest, legal action and seizure of assets if payment isn’t made. They will sometimes use vulgar language, particularly if the victim does not comply with demands.

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    On Monday, RCMP said callers are also falsely identifying themselves as police officers.

    Fraudsters are able to spoof local telephone numbers so calls can appear to come from an RCMP detachment; however, most calls come from non-local numbers.

    Officials are ensuring the public that the CRA never contacts people by telephone, text or email to ask for personal information or demand payment in the form of prepaid credit or even iTunes gift cards.

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    Those in doubt about taxes owed can check their account at the CRA website or call 1-800-959-8281.

    If someone receives a suspicious call, they should record any specific details and report it to their local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).

    Anyone who unwittingly divulges personal information or financial information should contact their bank and local police force. People can also place a fraud alert on credit reports with  Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada.

Your Saskatchewan – Regina: July 2016

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Pokemon Go: BC mother devastated to learn son’s memorial site used as PokeStop

A Nanaimo, B.C. mother is devastated after learning a memorial site for her two-year-old son in Burlington, Ont. is being used as a “PokeStop” in the new Pokemon Go video game.

Jenny Latimer’s son Kevin died tragically in February 2004 after falling from a family member’s window, a memory she is still haunted by.

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    Latimer awoke to messages from friends Monday morning telling her the boy’s memorial site was being used as a PokeStop, a place where players can refill on in-game items while playing the popular mobile game.

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    “I have ongoing nightmares, I always have. Certain things set it off and every time you get better something seems to happen,” she said through tears.

    “Things like this just bring up the past and it makes it very hard to deal with.”

    A plaque dedicated to her son also appears on the game’s screen, which reads “in loving memory of my courageous little angel may your love and strength shine through to us forever.”

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    “It’s pretty destroying knowing that something I consider sacred is part of a game. It’s not a game,” she said.

    “It’s very hurtful to know that something that I want to have there as a positive memory is in my eyes being vandalized virtually.”

    Two-year-old Kevin James Latimer is seen in this undated family photo.

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    Latimer said she has reached out to the game’s developer, Niantic, Inc., about removing the PokeStop but has yet to receive a response.

    “It’s very disrespectful. The memorial is on sacred ground, it is at a church and it’s a very inappropriate place for people to be playing video games,” she said.

    “My mum still goes to that church, and it’s a place people can go and remember him in a positive way and in a peaceful way and this game is making it very disrespectful.”

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    She said she is worried the memorial might be damaged and hopes that the developer will soon realize the mistake that’s been made.

    Latimer’s cousin Allen Harrington said he was driving to his grandmother’s home in Burlington when he noticed the boy’s memorial pop up as a location in Pokemon Go.

    “It is kind of nifty in that it’s probably one of the biggest games ever that has been launched, and from there it’s kind of neat how he’s being immortalized in the game,” he said, adding that his family is staunchly against the PokeStop.

    “But at the same time I can see the other side of the story where it’s not a good thing.”

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    Latimer said she hopes to receive a response from the game’s developer soon so that she can stop watching her son’s memorial treated as a “circus.”

    “I think it would be a great idea to have someone look over and make sure [PokeStops are] not in an inappropriate place, because it can be very hurtful,” she said.

    “As much as some people think it’s funny and it’s games, I wouldn’t want my son’s grave or the memorial to be in a picture with a Pokemon.”

    A PokeStop in Burlington, Ont. at the site of a memorial for Kevin james Latimer is seen in the game on July 17, 2016.

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