The Cessna aircraft that crashed near Crawford Bay this summer left the Nelson airport that afternoon at 1 p.m. The Coroner's office released its report into the crash this week.

Coroner releases report into Nelson pilot’s death

The pilot who died when his plane went down near Crawford Bay this summer experienced bad weather before the crash.

The pilot who died when his plane went down near Crawford Bay experienced bad weather this summer before the crash.

The BC Coroner’s office released its report the case of Anthony (Tony) Quibell this week.

The 53-year-old local man died when his Cessna Skymaster 337 airplane crashed near Crawford Bay. Quibell was the lone occupant in the plane, full of fuel, which took off from the Nelson Airport at 1:30 p.m. on June 12 intending to fly to La Ronge, Saskatchewan.

His six-hour flight was cut tragically short when his plane crashed in “high-treed terrain” and burst into flames upon impact. Quibell died at the scene.

Coroner Jed Maddock concluded that Quibell died of “blunt force trauma and thermal exposure as the result of an aircraft crash and subsequent post-crash fire.”

The cause of the crash was due to a frontal system that had moved into the Crawford Bay valley at the time of the accident creating rain and low visibility.

“The crash site’s position was within a few hundred metres of Rose Pass and well below the surrounding mountain tops, and is consistent with deteriorating weather limiting the pilot’s ability to climb higher while maintaining visual reference to the terrain,” wrote Maddock in his report.

Calling Quibell a “very experienced” pilot the coroner said he had over 4,000 hours flying time of which about 450 hours were in this type of aircraft. The plane was also in “good mechanical condition” at the time of the flight.

 

Just Posted

Forester’s video animation helps explain Nelson’s wildfire risks

John Cathro’s video shows who owns land in and around Nelson

‘Surrounding a community with a fire break won’t help’

RDCK offers fire danger assessments to homeowners

Carfentanil found for first time in Castlegar

Killer opiod found in local illegal drug market

LETTER: 140,000 jobs are at risk

From reader Robert MacCrae

LETTER: Grateful for guardian angels

From reader Botella (Bo) Rudolph

VIDEO: Nelson students paint Parachutes for the Planet

The youth-led initiative lobbies governments for climate change action

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

Bodies of 3 mountain climbers recovered after last week’s Banff avalanche

The men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway

Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday

Sunday is the first of two birthday celebrations each year for the queen

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

Most Read