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Langley plane crash may not warrant TSB probe, official says

A glider crashed into a building in Langley, B.C., Sept. 8, 2013.

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An incident in which a glider flown by an air cadet collided with a building near the airport in Langley may not be serious enough to warrant an investigation by the Transportation and Safety Board of Canada.

TSB spokesman John Cottreau said that inquiries are being made by phone about the Sunday crash, but an investigator was not being sent to the scene.

He said the TSB does not do formal investigations if it is clear the incident doesn't hold any lessons for improving air safety.

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Mr. Cottreau said the pilot was not injured in the accident.

"It was a cadet pilot in control of a glider who collided with a building," said Mr. Cottreau. "The pilot was able to get out without injury."

Canadian Press reported the glider had landed on top of a convenience store.

A unit known as 746 Lightning Hawk, of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, has two training gliders based at the Langley Regional Airport. The gliders are towed to an altitude of 2,000 feet and then released. Typically a cadet sits in the front seat and operates under the direction of a glider instructor.

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Mark Hume is a National Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver, writing news and feature stories on a daily basis about his home province of British Columbia. His weekly column, which often challenges the orthodoxy on environmental issues, appears every Monday. More

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