British poultry baron, 72, died when his plane hit 2,250ft mountain in Canadian blizzard

Mail Online | 1/21/2020 | Jack Elsom For Mailonline
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A British chicken baron died when his six-seater plane crashed into a mountain while flying across Canada in a blizzard, an investigation has concluded.

Alan Simpson, 72, was killed in May last year when his light aircraft plowed into a 2,250ft snow-covered hilltop in the remote Labrador region.

Shropshire - Farmer - Pilot - Auto-pilot - Mountain

The Shropshire farmer and his Belgian pilot had programmed the auto-pilot not to go above 2,000ft, meaning they were not high enough to clear the mountain.

The pilot, who had been hired to fly Mr Simpson's new M350 Piper back to the UK, was pulled from the crushed wreckage alive and survived his injuries.

Route - Flight - Rules - Plan - Weather

He was said to be familiar with the route and intended to follow a 'visual flight rules' plan and steer around weather and terrain, but is believed to have not seen the mountain through the blizzard.

Mr Simpson, whose company Alan Simpson Farming is one of the country's biggest broiler producers, was later pronounced dead in a clinic in Makkovik.

Pair - Goose - Bay - Airport - Newfoundland

The pair had been flying from Goose Bay Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador, to Narsarsuaq Airport in Greenland when the crash happened.

The official air transportation safety investigation report carried out by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada states: 'The aircraft climbed to 2,000 feet above sea level and proceeded on a direct track to destination.

Altitude - Route - Autopilot

'The altitude and heading did not change significantly along the route, therefore it is likely that the autopilot was engaged.

'At 8.16am, the aircraft collided with a snow-covered hill 2,250 feet in elevation.'

Details - Specialist - Team - Hours - Pilot

It also details how a specialist team took four hours to rescue the pilot because bad weather had ruled out an air rescue.

It stated: 'The impact happened approximately 200ft below the top of the hill. The aircraft came to rest in deep snow on steep sloping terrain.

'The - Aircraft - Damage - Propeller

'The aircraft sustained significant damage to the propeller,...
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