RCMP and Transportation Safety Board investigate circumstances surrounding crash of a glider in the Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley, B.C. Southeast District

2020-07-13 14:29 PDT

File # 2020-1705

A glider pilot remains in hospital in critical condition, after crashing his aircraft in a remote area outside of Invermere Friday evening.

On July 10, 2020 at 6:45 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report that a glider aircraft had crashed near Pedley Pass in a remote area near Invermere B.C. The pilot of a secondary glider aircraft flying in the area made the discovery, reported the crash site to airport operations who called 911.

Columbia Valley Search and Rescue, who was activated by Emergency Management BC, reached the crash scene and managed to remove the pilot from the aircraft’s cockpit. The pilot, who was breathing, was attended to by a physician who is part of the search and rescue team.

The pilot, a Kelowna man in his 70’s, suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital aboard the search and rescue aircraft. Police have been told that he has since been airlifted in critical condition to a larger centre for further medical treatment.

RCMP has notified and continue to support the Transportation Safety Board of Canada who has also launched an investigation into the aviation incident.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Columbia Valley RCMP at 250-342-9292.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-869-9578

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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