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Prentice family thanks TSB

The family of former Alberta premier Jim Prentice, who was killed in a 2016 plane crash near Kelowna along with three others, has issued a statement thanking the Transportation Safety Board for its investigation.

Prentice was Alberta's premier from October 2014 until his election loss the following spring.

"While (the TSB) report cannot restore what has been lost, it is our hope the learnings from this tragic event can be used to prevent similar accidents in the future," the statement said.

"We are proud of Jim's contributions to Alberta, to Canada and to public service, but he was first and foremost a loving husband, father, grandfather and sibling. We will always miss him."

Lead investigator Beverley Harvey said pilot Jim Kruk likely suffered spatial disorientation.

The "physical illusions" that accompany disorientation while flying can occur during prolonged acceleration such as during an initial climb after takeoff.

"Even though they are erroneous, these sensations can be intense, causing pilots to doubt their instruments, to incorrectly adjust controls or even put the aircraft into an accidental spiral dive," she said.



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