Pilot walks away after crash west of Rogers Pass Summit

A Saskatchewan pilot flying his 1941 refurbished bi-plane from BC to Saskatchewan managed to walk away after crash landing on an avalanche path west of the Rogers Pass Summit. RCMP have deemed the incident pilot error.

A pilot walked away with minimal injuries after crashing his 1941 refurbished bi-plane near Rogers Pass on Tuesday. Photo: Parks Canada

A pilot flying solo managed to walk away with minimal injuries after his plane crash landed on an avalanche slope just west of the Rogers Pass Summit. The incident occurred Tuesday morning.

Cst. Gord Just with the Revelstoke RCMP said the pilot is a male in his mid-50s from Saskatchewan. He was flying a refurbished 1941 Boeing Stearman bi-plane.

“He was flying his plane from BC to Saskatchewan,” Just said in an interview with the Mountaineer.

Shelley Bird, public relations officer with Mount Revelstoke & Glacier National Parks said the pilot was the only person on board the plane. A contractor working on an infrastructure project in Rogers Pass saw the plane crash and called it in. The Parks Canada Safety team was called in to help.

“The contractor called it in and began walking towards the crash site and the pilot came walking out,” said Bird.

Bird said the contractor administered initial first aid until the safety team arrived. The pilot was then transported by BC Ambulance to hospital in Golden.

Both the RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada were called in to investigate the incident. Just said the crash has been deemed pilot error, so the RCMP are not investigating any further.

In an email to the Mountaineer, a Transport Canada spokesperson said they are aware of the incident.

“Following all privately registered aircraft accidents, Transport Canada conducts a review to ensure the pilot’s license and aircraft registration are valid,” Natasha Gauthier, senior media relations advisor with Transport Canada.

Gauthier said the Transportation Safety Board is responsible for investigating accidents and/or incidents for cause and contributing factors.

“Transport Canada will continue to monitor the situation and should any instances of regulatory non-compliance be identified, the department will take appropriate action,” she said.

The Mountaineer has reached out to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada regarding the incident and will update this story as we hear more.

No names have been released.