Jan. 9: Report Blames Sick Pilot for Plane Crash

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According to a report by the Transportation Safety Board, a pilot killed in a crash in the Northwest Territories made poor choices, including taking off in a damaged float plane and not calling in sick when he was sick. He hadn’t slept well the night before and woke up with stomach cramps. But he didn’t report the illness, even though airline policy requires pilots who feel unwell to contact officials and remove themselves from duty. And even though he’d already been working for 12 hours and wasn’t feeling well, he went ahead with his 13th flight of the day to Ivanhoe Lake, which was an “unsafe decision,” said the board.