Family of passenger killed in 2004 Pelee Island airplane crash suing for damages

A civil trial launched by the family of one of 10 passengers killed in the Jan. 17, 2004 Pelee Island plane crash entered its second day Tuesday. 

The family of Robert Brisco — one of eight pheasant hunters on on the flight — is suing both Georgian Express and Owen Sound Transportation for monetary damages and punitive damages. 

The crash involved a Cessna Caravan aircraft operating as Georgian Express Flight 126.

Transport Canada previously ruled that the crash was caused by ice on the plane's wing. 

Georgian Express and Owen Sound Transportation previously admitted liability.

The court heard testimony from several witnesses on Tuesday, including Evelyne Matte — a former cook with the Jiimaan ferry who was at the airport where the plane attempted to land before the crash.


Matte said one of the women who disembarked from the plane following the crash looked so scared her face turned white.

Matte added that she heard one of the pheasant hunters complain about ice on the wing. Additionally, Matte said it was possible to see ice on the wing and other parts of the plane.

The civil trial initiated by Brisco's family is expected to take approximately two and a half weeks.