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TSB calls for expanded use of cockpit voice and flight data recorders

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The Transportation Safety Board has renewed its call for expanded rules on cockpit voice and flight data recorders. The push comes after the fatal plane crash outside of Kelowna that claimed the life of former premier Jim Prentice and three others.

They were in a privately-operated Cessna Citation that wasn’t equipped with either recorder. In Canada, only multi-engine, turbine-powered aircraft flown by two pilots carrying six or more passengers have to have them.

The TSB says their investigation will be difficult without the equipment, and argues they will better understand the cause of crashes if recorders are more widely used. Officials encourage aircraft owners to purchase new lightweight and inexpensive recording technology.

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