It’s been more than two months since Mohammad Hassan Chaudhary crash landed a stolen plane in Peterborough, and we’re still waiting for answers.
Chaudhary stole the plane from a Markham airport, flying eastward, before the crash claimed his life near a Peterborough mall. RCMP officials said something they found in the wreckage led them to investigate it as a national security threat, before later saying such a threat didn’t exist.
We obtained investigative documents through Access to Information, which include an early investigative report by an official with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, containing a curious detail.
“The aircraft was equipped with a (Bendix/King KLN 90B TSO) GPS, however the position of the ON/OFF switch could not be determined,” the report said. “The radios and GPS were left with the wreckage. We did not attempt to download data from the GPS or any other devices.”
The documents show that officials were trying to chart a course for the plane through radar and Google Earth, but didn’t immediately attempt to retrieve data from GPS, which may have shown precisely where Chaudhary was headed.
The subsequent paragraph of the report was redacted.
When asked for comment by The Rebel, a TSB spokesperson said “this has since changed,” but was unable to offer any further details as to when the data retrieval took place, or what data was recovered, saying that he couldn’t release information without the RCMP’s “consent.”
In response to my media query, the RCMP merely sent me a press release from Aug. 19 that did not address GPS data at all. A follow-up email was not immediately returned.
Parts of the TSB report were redacted—details regarding destination could be in those pages.
Even with mounting questions, answers have been hard to come by with this case.