Disabling glare caused a pilot to crash his plane en route back to Pitt Meadows Regional Airport more than a year ago.
Colin Moyes, a 52-year-old West Vancouver pilot, and his two passengers - his future mother and father-in-law, also of West Vancouver - perished in a fiery inferno after his de Havilland Beaver floatplane crashed into the side of a steep hillside of the Okanagan Valley, next to Highway 97C near Peachland on May 13, 2012.
Moyes had flown out of Pitt Meadows for Kelowna earlier that same day, dropped off one passenger and was heading back to the Lower Mainland when the crash occurred.
View According to a report issued Friday by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Moyes had manoeuvred through the valley frequently during the past decade.
Despite his specific mountain flying training and his familiarity with the route, it's believed piloting a different, heavier plane and flying up out of the shadows and into sunlight temporary blinded Moyes causing him to fly too low, clip a tree with the airplane's left wing, and begin a series of problems from which he could never recover. Most of the aircraft was consumed by a "post-impact" fire, and all three occupants were killed a month before Moyes was set to marry the couple's daughter.
report withAnother crash in the vicinity occurred three months later involving a plane departing Penticton airport for Boundary Bay.
As a result of the TSB's most recent findings, Nav Canada will be issuing further warnings to pilots flying through the region, alerting them to the steep mountainous terrain and offering alternate routes.
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