BC MP raises questions about busted weather stations in wake of deadly floatplane crash

By Tyson Whitney
Cowichan Valley Citizen
December 2, 2022
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada West

Rachel Blaney

Following the tragic float plane crash off northern Vancouver Island near Port Hardy, North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney is demanding the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to answer questions about the lack of maintenance on weather stations in the region. …Blaney brought up the disrepair of the weather stations and their potential link to the plane crash. … Blaney noted that Joel Eilertsen, owner of Air Cab out of Coal Harbour, the company that operated the float plane, has written numerous letters to Transport Canada, raising the alarm about the disrepair of weather stations. …Eilertsen told [Blaney] on the day of the accident there were six weather reporting stations that were not working… Sartine [included in the list] is the most critical of the weather stations and it has reportedly not been working for more than two years.

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