Transport Canada says the plane which crashed on Peterborough’s busiest street a month ago, killing the pilot, was not in an “airworthy condition.”
Police say the morning of Aug. 12, Mohammad Hassan Chaudhary stole a Piper PA-38-112 aircraft from the Markham airport shortly after 1 a.m. The plane headed north and within 40 minutes Chaudhary attempted to land on Lansdowne Street but the plane crashed.
Witnesses say the 21-year-old Markam man died of his injuries shortly afterwards.
According to Transport Canada’s CADORS (Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System) report filed on Sept. 8, Chaudhary likely attempted to land the plane due to a possible engine power loss.
The plane’s left wing struck a metal pole and part of the outer wing was sheared. The plane then struck a second traffic light pole which sheared and collapsed on top of the aircraft.
The aircraft’s owner Donald Peck told officials that the plane had not been flown for a few years and that he was in the process of doing maintenance to return it to an airworthy condition.
The plane was in storage. Peck had blocked the openings to the engine and airframe to prevent insects from entering. As well, two fuel tank vents under the wings were blocked by a clear plastic tube.
The reason for the theft has never been determined. It’s not known if Chaudhary had any previous flight experience. Chaudhary’s family has said his son lived with schizophrenia and had other mental health issues.
Police and Transport Canada continue to investigate the incident.