Names of three helicopter crash victims released
The B.C. Coroners Service has now released the names of all three men killed in Friday's helicopter crash near Terrace.
Along with 44-year-old pilot Peter Bryant of Terrace, who was identified earlier, the coroner says 48-year-old Blake Erickson of Sicamous and 44-year-old Arnaud Jolibois of Banff died in the crash.
The three were aboard an ASTAR 350 belonging to Fort St. John-based Bailey Helicopters when it went down above the tree line on the west side of Sleeping Beauty Mountain at around 9 a.m. Friday.
Transportation Safety Board senior investigator Bill Yearwood says two of the men were pilots and the other was a maintenance engineer. The trio was taking part in a routine training flight at the time and investigators don't know right now who was controlling the aircraft. Yearwood says it was equipped with dual controls.
The bodies of the three men were removed from the crash site on Saturday.
Yearwood hopes the wreckage can be dug out of the snow and transported to the TSB's headquarters in Vancouver for examination later this week. He says photographs of the scene indicate the helicopter crashed into the mountain at high speed.
Yearwood says investigators will be considering many factors as they look for the cause of the crash, including the poor weather that morning. He says the lighting and visibility may have been a challenge for the crew.