Small plane crash near Clinton, B.C.

By Chad Harris / James Peters
March 30, 2016 - 12:12pm Updated: April 3, 2016 - 1:12am

KAMLOOPS — A pilot from the Pacific Flying Club has walked away after the single engine plane he was piloting crashed this morning in the Cariboo.

The incident happened in the Meadow Lake Road area between Clinton and 70 Mile House.

Bill Yearwood of the Transportation Safety Board says it appears the crash was caused by a mechanical issue in the Cessna 172.

"First information is that the pilot reported some problems and was trying to land the aircraft. He is okay, and has been taken to hospital to have a look at any bumps and bruises," said Yearwood.

Yearwood says the Pacific Flying Club is based at the Boundary Bay Airport in the Lower Mainland, and the man was en route to Vanderhoof.

Yearwood adds the TSB plans on interviewing the pilot before releasing the damaged aircraft.

Pictured below is the aircraft involved, taken March 2nd, 2016 near Hope, B.C.

Beautiful pictures of BUD our instructor Monty took in Hope

Posted by Pacific Flying Club on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Pacific Flying Club's Clark Duimel says the pilot suffered a few bumps and bruises, but was otherwise uninjured.

Duimel says the pilot is very experienced, with 150 hours of flying time, the majority of it on planes like the one that crashed.

He adds the cause of the crash may have been a mechanical issue, and the pilot was trying to land when the crash occurred.

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