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406 MHz ELTs continue to demonstrate deficiencies

from COPA

By Kevin Psutka, COPA President and CEO

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) issued its investigation report on March 20, 2013 into a 2011 accident involving a Cessna 208B Caravan. Despite having one of the newest Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) on board, long promoted by Transport Canada and the Department of National Defence, the ELT failed to alert the authorities or assist in the location of the wreckage. Instead, a tracking device on board the aircraft (in the words of the TSB) "was instrumental in locating the accident site. This reduced the search time, and allowed for timely rescue of the seriously injured survivors." more

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