Pilot in helicopter crash identified

Pilot in helicopter crash identified The pilot who died when his helicopter crashed near Carcross on Tuesday has been identified as 56-year-old Paul Rosset, from Yellowknife.

The pilot who died when his helicopter crashed near Carcross on Tuesday has been identified as 56-year-old Paul Rosset, from Yellowknife.

Rosset was flying two Environment Yukon employees through the Southern Lakes region for a routine sample gathering of the department’s grizzly bear DNA project.

The R44 Raven II helicopter, owned by local company Horizon Helicopters, crashed on the southeast slope of Nares Mountain.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but the federal Transportation Safety Board is now in the territory investigating.

The two Environment employees have not been identified yet, but both are still alive.

One, a 24-year-old man who lives in Whitehorse, was able to call RCMP from the scene of the crash. He was brought to Whitehorse General Hospital on Tuesday and kept overnight before being discharged on July 11. He suffered bruising to his chest wall, said hospital spokesperson Val Pike.

The other passenger, a 36-year-old man who also lives in Whitehorse, was medevaced to Vancouver on Wednesday morning. At that time, he was stable but suffering from serious spinal injuries, said Pike.