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Flights cancelled by police helicopter searching for suspect

An RCMP helicopter involved in the search for a suspect in the shooting of a police officer grounded incoming flights for most of the day.
December 04, 2014 - 12:12 PM

KAMLOOPS - Two arrival flights were cancelled Wednesday afternoon due to RCMP acitivities that closed air space above Kamloops. 

RCMP requested air space closure as its helicopter hovered and flew over the Batchelor Heights area in the search for suspects after a Mountie was shot in the early morning hours.

"It was a tad on the frustrating side," Kamloops airport spokesperson Fred Legace said, "but just one of those days."

The event prevented an Air Canada flight from Vancouver from landing. Legace said it circled around Kamloops waiting to land, but eventually had to return to Vancouver.

A second WestJet flight from Calgary was also unable to depart for Kamloops. 

Legace said the main issue was the closed space infringed on the space required for landing.

Some Batchelor Heights residents experienced evacuations during the investigations. As an added precaution during the day, schools kept students indoors during recess and lunch hour. 

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724

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