News

Stranded pilot evacuated by crew from 19 Wing Comox

Members of 442 Squadron evacuated a stranded pilot saturday night in a mountainous area near Spences Bridge.
The pilot had landed his light aircraft along a lakeside road, but when he attempted to taxi for takeoff, a wheel became lodged in a sinkhole, trapping the aircraft. The pilot was able to use his aircraft radio to give his position to a passing airliner, which then relayed the distress call to Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria.
JRCC Victoria dispatched a CC-115 Buffalo and a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter from 19 Wing Comox. With darkness fast approaching, the Buffalo dropped a handheld radio to the stranded pilot in order to check on his condition.
As the Buffalo lit the way with flares, the Cormorant landed shortly thereafter to pick up the pilot and fly him to Abbotsford.
“He was uninjured, but he could have been in trouble if not evacuated,” said Sgt. Dan Pasieka, lead SAR Tech on the Cormorant. “A short flight in an aircraft can still get you a long ways from help and pilots need to be prepared.”
— 19 Wing Comox

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Comox Valley dancer son of provincial Green leader
 
Like a rocque
 
First-time gym goers win year-long fitness sponsorship at Bodynetix
Grappling with industrial manufacturing
 
Family Day boasts flurry of fun across Capital Region
 
Wheels in motion
‘He needs, I have.’
 
RDN wary of tower, smart meters
 
Feds, province foresee labour shortage

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 30 edition online now. Browse the archives.