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Officials probe plane crash at Merritt Airport

Early Monday morning, RCMP discovered a plane wreck on the runway of the Merritt Airport. — Screenshot photo

A pilot from Merritt suffered serious injuries after a plane crash at the local airport Sunday.

RCMP said in a media release officers were led to the airport following a missing person report. When police arrived, early Monday morning, they discovered a plane wreck on the runway of the Merritt Airport.

“On February 10, 2020 at 12:14 a.m. RCMP received a report of a missing person,” the RCMP media release said. “The initial investigation led a frontline officer to the Merritt Airport where he discovered the wreckage of a small white and green plane on the tarmac.”

RCMP said the officer located the missing man entrapped inside the single occupant aircraft and immediately called upon the Merritt Fire Department and BC Emergency Health Services for their assistance.

RCMP said emergency crews extricated the pilot, a Merritt man in his 60’s, who was rushed to hospital with serious injuries by BC Emergency Health Services.

Police said the current condition the man remains unknown.

“The investigation into what factors led to this incident is in its very early stages,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Media Relations Officer for the RCMP Southeast District. 

RCMP, which notified Transport Canada officials of the aviation incident, will continue to support Transport Canada with the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.