Helicopter pilot seriously injured in Canim Lake, B.C. crash
'The pilot was observed on approach to get into trouble and land hard'
A drilling crew watched in horror as a helicopter crashed near Canim Lake, B.C on Friday afternoon. The pilot was seriously injured.
The experienced pilot who was working for Far West Helicopters in support of a drilling exploration crew was transported to a hospital in Kamloops.
"The pilot was observed on approach to get into trouble and land hard," said Bill Yearwood, a spokesman for the Canada Transportation and Safety Board.
Yearwood described the pilot as a local, experienced helicopter pilot who was flying a Bell 206, commonly known as a JetRanger, at the time of the accident around 3 p.m. PT.