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Pilot walks away from plane crash Monday near Vernon

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
July 29th, 2014

A pilot of a Cessna 180 with floats is lucky to be alive after crashing outside Vernon Monday evening.

The pilot, the lone occupant of the plane, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries officials say.

The plane was reported to have crashed in a heavily-wooded area on the west side of Okanagan Lake at around 6:45 p.m. Pacific Time.

Vernon RCMP, local search and rescue, the B.C. Ambulance Service and the Okanagan Indian Band Fire Department responded to an area roughly 11 kilometres northwest of Vernon, off Six Mile Creek Road.

“Several residents who live nearby and heard the plane go down assisted as well,” said Vernon RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk.

The pilot was able to walk away from the crash site, he said.

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