Two Sea to Sky aircraft incidents: helicopter crash near Whistler, Abbotsford plane skids off Pemberton runway

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      Two separate aircraft accidents have taken place over the past week in the Sea to Sky region.

      Whistler RCMP stated today (February 27) that around 5 p.m. on February 24, Whistler RCMP received notification that a helicopter had crashed around 12:40 p.m. and had rolled over.

      The helicopter was attempting to land in the backcountry but crashed down in the Callaghan Conservancy northwest of Brandywine Mountain.

      Luckily, the pilot and the passengers were able to get out of the aircraft and only sustained minor injuries.

      The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is assessing the incident.

      Previously, Sea to Sky RCMP stated on February 26 that around 2:45 p.m. on February 18, Pemberton RCMP received a report about a small plane that had skidded off the runway at the Pemberton Regional Airport.

      A Cessna 172 aircraft with an instructor and two students aboard had flown from Abbotsford and attempted to land or touch and go on a runway at the Pemberton airport that was not being used due to snow accumulation.

      However, the plane slid off the runway and the aircraft was damaged as a result. No injuries were reported.

      Pemberton RCMP and the TSB are investigating the incident.