Body found

The body of a helicopter pilot who crashed into the Yukon River two weeks ago was recovered on Saturday.

The body of a helicopter pilot who crashed into the Yukon River two weeks ago was recovered on Saturday.

Richard James Wood, a Trans North Helicopter pilot, crashed into the Yukon River near Carmacks on August 9, shortly after takeoff.

There were no passengers in the craft.

RCMP immediately began an extensive search of the river.

The body was discovered just downriver from the crash site on August 15 using an underwater camera.

Carmacks RCMP Cpl. Wayne Gork made the discovery at about 8:30 p.m. and the recovery was made the following day using a helicopter.

“Recovery was conducted on August 16, due to the fact that we needed to draw on further equipment to accomplish that task,” said Gork.

 “The hour of the day was also a contributing factor.”

Another huge concern for rescuers was safety, with the frigid river running at about 11 to 13 knots, said Gork.

On Saturday, 19 volunteers assisted in the recovery.

“I want to say thanks to all the volunteers for their assistance in responding to the incident,” said Gork.