It is a simple and available fix but a small plane that crashed near Kelowna last August was not equipped with shoulder harnesses.
A new report issued by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) indicates that fix might have saved the lives of a Lower Mainland couple killed in the crash.
The TSB report says the plane had trouble climbing and soon crashed near Brenda mines with four people onboard. No one in the plane was wearing a shoulder restraint harness because aircraft built before 1986 are not required to have them.
Lauren Sewell, 24, was sitting behind the pilot and sustained fatal brain injuries; while her boyfriend 30-year-old Dallas Smith, who was sitting in the co-pilot’s seat died on impact.
As Ted Chernecki reports pilot inexperience was also a concern.