Whitehorse pilot and passenger walk away from plane crash

A Whitehorse pilot and his passenger were uninjured after their plane crash landed near Fish Lake.

A Whitehorse pilot and his passenger were uninjured after their plane crash landed near Fish Lake.

Police were called to the scene, about 2.4 kilometres from the lake on Copper Haul Road, just after 1 p.m. Saturday.

The pilot, Russell Bamford, had radioed the Erik Nielsen Air Traffic Control Tower reporting engine problems. He told the tower he was setting the Bushmaster PB180 down.

RCMP used snowmobiles to get out to the site.

When they arrived, both Bamford and his passenger were already out of the plane, said Whitehorse RCMP Cpl. Natasha Dunmall.

Bamford landed safely on Copper Haul Road, but the plane was severely damaged when it skidded into trees and spun around after touching down, she said.

Police say it could have been much worse.

“This incident could have quite as easily ended in (a) travesty, but it didn’t,” according to an RCMP press release.

“The pilot was able to maintain control of his aircraft long enough to locate an alternative landing option.”

The Transportation Safety Board has been advised of the crash.

Contact Ashley Joannou at ashleyj@yukon-news.com

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