The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in the crash of a small plane near Brenda Mines on Aug. 13, 2012. The deceased male is Jayson Dallas Wesley Smith, aged 30, of Vancouver. Mr. Smith was one of four persons aboard a Piper Comanche plane that went down about 30 kilometres west of Kelowna on the afternoon of Aug. 13. The other three persons aboard the plane were all taken to hospital in Kelowna and Kamloops with serious injuries. The BC Coroners Service and the Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate this incident. The family of Mr. Smith has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time. The BC Coroners Service expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Smith.
UPDATE: A man and a woman were airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital and a second woman was airlifted to Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital last night from the crash site. All three sustained life threatening injuries and remain in critical condition. Efforts continue to notify their family members.
Police remain on scene at this time with Transportation Safety Board investigators and the BC Coroner Service expected to attend later today.
The West Kelowna RCMP are responding to reports of a downed aircraft near Brenda Mines.
Investigators and emergency crews are currently on scene and have located a small aircraft in the area. Search and Rescue Techs have reached the aircraft and report that there are 3 occupants with critical injuries and that one occupant is deceased. Further resources are attempting to reach the site to remove the injured so that they may receive any necessary medical attention.
Information is minimal at this time as the West Kelowna RCMP focuses on the task at hand.