INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Plane Crashes North Of Vancouver, Canada – Two Pilots Killed!

Wreckage of the crashed cargo plane as seen from Chopper 9. Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

April 15, 2015 – VANCOUVER, CANADA
– Search crews have found the bodies of two pilots of a cargo plane that crashed in the North Shore mountains on Monday.

North Vancouver RCMP said late Tuesday that the fuselage was found in a steep, heavily wooded area at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The two male pilots, ages 33 and 35, from the Vancouver area, were removed from the wreckage with family members notified.

The B.C. Coroners Office is expected to release the pilots’ names today.

Coroner Barb McLintock said two coroners, one from the Metro Vancouver office and another from the special identification unit, were flown close to the crash site before hiking in.

“The RCMP, along with all the various agencies involved in the search, extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two pilots who died in the crash,” said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. “The investigation into the cause of the crash of the airplane now rests with the Transportation Safety Board.”

According to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, the dead men were located near the wreckage of the twin-engined Swearingen SA-226 that disappeared en route to Prince George.

“The scene is a fairly extensive one,” Naval Lt. Paul Trenholm said of the crash site.

A Cormorant helicopter conducts a search for two pilots missing in a cargo plane crash north of Vancouver.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria has confirmed that parts of a missing plane that disappeared Monday morning were found
Monday evening near Mount Seymour in North Vancouver.

Rescuers spent Tuesday morning searching in an area of Lynn Valley Headwaters Park known as the Needles. A Cormorant helicopter surveyed the scene from the air, while North Shore Rescue workers and the RCMP searched on the ground.

“Both pilots are deceased, unfortunately,” Trenholm said from Victoria. “We wish that this had turned out a different way.”

The plane was in pieces over a wide area.

“Our ground crews first came across portions of the wing, then finally the main body, and the tail was later identified,” he said, adding the front part was eventually found.

JRCC Capt. Gregory Clarke said that the bodies were eventually discovered by North Shore Rescue team members about 18 kilometres north of Vancouver in the Crown Mountain area, northeast of Grouse Mountain and southeast of Castle Mountain in an area known as The Needles.

A search and rescue operation involving the use of ground crews and aircraft, including several military helicopters and planes, was quickly launched when
their disappearance was confirmed by traffic controllers. They disappeared from radar at an altitude of 9,000 feet  near Grouse Mountain.

Naval Lt. Paul Trenholm said earlier Tuesday that the search was hampered by adverse terrain, and that snow made it difficult for crews.

The plane had departed Vancouver for Prince George at 6:35 a.m. Monday, but air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft at 7:10 a.m.

It was a chilly night in the North Shore mountains. Temperatures dipped to lows of between -4 and -6 degrees overnight, according to Environment Canada, and between 15 and 20 cm of snow fell in the higher elevations.

Trenholm said the search and rescue operation involved multiple agencies and groups, including the Royal Canadian Air Force. – Vancouver Sun.

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