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.
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.
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.
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