Miracle: Pilot and passenger survive B.C. Crash
PENTICTON, B.C.- Police say it’s a miracle no one was seriously hurt when a Cessna 172 with two on board crashed into trees and clipped a row of condos in the Apex Mountain area.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the pilot and his passenger “can thank their lucky stars.”
“On Friday July 2nd, 2010, at 12:18, the Penticton RCMP was dispatched to a plane crash in the Apex Mtn area adjacent to the Apex Mtn Ski Resort, with both occupants walking away with bruises and no persons injured on the ground,” said Moskaluk.
He said a 35-year-old Kelowna man was piloting the craft while a 28-year-old from Thornhill, Ontario was in the passenger seat when the Cessna ran into problems.
The pilot attempted an emergency landing striking trees and a row of condos, he said.
“The Apex Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade were the first responders who assisted the two men and rendered the crash site safe. There was no fire involved in the crash, however fire crews made efforts to contain leaking fuel from the aricrafts fuel tanks. BC Ambulance Services also attended with the males being examined and released at the scene with bruises and sore muscles.”
“The plane descended and struck some trees just at the very end of a row of condominums, which knocked the trees into the roof of the building, damaging the roof of the structure. The plane itself then struck the ground beside the building on it’s side crushing the left wing. These two gentleman can thank their lucky stars today for wlaking away with only very minor injuries,” he added.
“We are also fortunate and thankful that nobody on the ground was injured,” he said.
Penticton RCMP and Transport Canada are investigating.