August 08, 2013 - 11:12 AM
KAMLOOPS - Investigators are working to piece together the events that led to the death of a 16-year-old pilot found dead near Cache Creek last night.
Kamloops teenager Lorne Perreault went missing earlier this week when he left the Kamloops Airport on a training exercise in a single prop 172 Cessna airplane. He left alone around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and was due back around lunch.
A search team found the plane last night around 6:30 p.m. in the hills near Cache Creek.
His flight school, TylAir Aviation, said he was instructed to fly close, in an area about 20 miles from the Kamloops Airport, but his plane was found much further away.
David Cruz, director for the private flight school, told InfoTel News the pilot had about 90 hours of flight experience, including experience flying solo, but that he was not fully licensed. He said the flight school, that has been open for about one year, has never had a situation like this before.
An investigation is currently underway by the B.C. Coroner's Service and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
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