Helicopter pilot expected to survive after serious crash

By James Peters / Chad Harris / Jill Sperling
September 2, 2016 - 4:04pm Updated: September 3, 2016 - 8:40am

KAMLOOPS — A pilot who suffered serious injuries in a helicopter crash in the Cariboo Friday afternoon, Sep 2, is expected to live. 

Bill Yearwood of the Transportation Safety Board says the pilot was attempting a landing at a camp outside of Eagle Creek, near Canim Lake, when something went wrong. 

"It's apparent there was a malfunction in the helicopter just before the landing, and the emergency descent and approach fell short of the intended landing pad, and the helicopter crashed in the trees," Yearwood said.

Yearwood says the helicopter was substantially damaged.

The pilot, who was the lone occupant of the aircraft, was taken to Royal Inland Hospital.

The Bell Jet Ranger helicopter involved belongs to Far West Helicopters, and was contracted by a mining company.

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