Thursday July 7, 2011


Harrison Cessna Crash Update 

Families grieve as grim task of removing victims completed

Released by Chwk UFRD RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth/handout photos


Cessna plane crash at the north end of Harrison Lake.


n July 6, 2011, at approximately 10:00 am, the RCMP helicopter left the Chilliwack airport with the BC Coroners Service, Search and Rescue, and a RCMP member from the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment. The Transportation Safety Board also took a helicopter to the crash site along with two members from Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.

At approximately 4:30 pm, the Transportation Safety Board, Emergency Response Team members, and 4 members from Search and Rescue extracted the bodies of the pilot and student from the wreckage. The two bodies were transported back to the Chilliwack airport for a preliminary examination by the coroner then transported to the Royal Columbian Hospital for further examination.

The pilot has been identified as 25 year old Brett Loftus from Langley, and the student has been identified as 23 year old Joel Nortman from Vancouver.

"This was absolutely a tragic accident," said Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth. "The families and friends of these two men are understandably having difficulty dealing with their losses and are asking for their privacy."

The scene remains with the Transportation Safety Board with regards to the extraction of the plane. The coroner's investigation will determine if autopsies will be performed. At this time there is nothing to indicate this plane crash was criminal in nature, therefore the Transportation Safety Board and the BC Coroners Service now have full conduct of the investigation.



Copyright (c) 2011 The Valley Voice