February 05, 2016 - 6:30 PM
KAMLOOPS — A local man is recovering from serious injuries after the ultralight plane he was flying crashed on a frozen lake earlier this week.
RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush says the plane crashed after the pilot "had trouble with his landing" near Knutsford on Feb. 1.
Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada says when the pilot took off from the Knutsford airstrip, he already realized there was an issue because the plane had an excessive yaw, which is movement from left to right.
“He determined it was probably one of the skis not adjusted properly,” Yearwood says.
The pilot decided to land the aircraft on a frozen lake nearby around 3:30 p.m. when he lost control on the landing and collided with the ground.
Yearwood notes the pilot was wearing a shoulder harness and helmut which he says "might have saved his life."
He says the injuries to the man were serious while the damage to the plane was "substantial."
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