Pilot in crash in Merritt now recovering at home

The aircraft left the runway on the morning of Feb. 10, landing nose-first in the scrub next to the tarmac. The pilot was discovered hours later by Merritt Mounties after a missing persons report was called in to police

The pilot of a plane who was pulled from a crash at Merritt Airport on Feb. 10 is now at home and continuing his recovery.

Rae Robinson, an acquaintance of the pilot and a newly appointed member of the City of Merritt’s Airport Advisory Committee, said the pilot, a recent arrival in Merritt, has been released from hospital and is now at home.

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“I had a visit with him and his wife at their home a few days ago and, you know, he was pretty seriously injured, and it’s going to take some time for him to recover, but he’s home and he is recovering,” Robinson said. “And he was already talking about the possibility of getting another aircraft. He didn’t get frightened off.”

The victim landed his plane nose-first just off the runway on the morning of Feb. 10. He was discovered hours later by Merritt Mounties after a missing persons report was called in to police.

The pilot was extracted from the aircraft by emergency personnel before being taken to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

Robinson, an aviator himself, also wanted to clear up a rumour he had heard was circulating through Merritt town following the crash — that the pilot was the owner of the Coldwater Hotel.

That is not true,” Robinson said.

As for the cause of the crash, the Transportation Safety Board has not released any information beyond its initial assessment that the plane crashed when it left the runway.

The board said the investigation is closed.

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