The Accident Investigation Of The Crash

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Background Following the in-flight disintegration of the Kanishka, most of the aircraft came to rest on the ocean floor almost 7,000 feet below the surface. During the accident investigation that followed, the submerged wreckage was surveyed, photographed and videotaped, and pieces were recovered off the ocean floor. Floating wreckage was also recovered and examined. Each piece was given a unique number called a “target”. The RCMP returned to the crash site for two subsequent salvage operations in 1989 and 1991 during which further underwater video footage was captured and further wreckage recovered. Of the 465 targets observed on the ocean floor, 159 were positively identified as aircraft components or as coming from particular parts…show more content…
The significance of this expert evidence lies primarily in their differing opinions regarding the location of the bomb that precipitated the destruction of the Kanishka. The Crown theory, supported by the opinion evidence of Professor Christopher Peel, is that it was located in Baggage Area 52, which contained the M. Singh bag. The defence theory, supported by the opinion evidence of Dr. Edward Trimble and Mr. Frank Taylor, is that it was located some five feet forward of that location in Baggage Area 51, containing luggage checked in at Toronto. A conclusion that the defence evidence raises a reasonable doubt with respect to the Crown’s bomb location would fundamentally undermine its theory about the role of these accused in the alleged offences. Thus, while the distance between the two proposed bomb locations is remarkably small, its significance is great. Qualifications of Expert The Crown called Christopher Peel, an expert in physical metallurgy; specifically, the effects of internal detonations on the structure of aircraft. Professor Peel is currently Technical Director for the Future Systems Technologies division of QinetiQ, a partly privatized amalgamation of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense’s research establishments. During his career, he has been involved in over 20 investigations of internal detonations in civilian transport aircraft, including

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