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Information on Incident at the Merritt Airport February 10, 2020

Merritt — February 10, 2020 — On February 10, 2020 at 12:14 a.m. the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received a missing person report, the investigation of which led to the discovery of a plane wreck at the Merritt airport, with an injured person in the cockpit.  With the assistance of the Merritt Fire Rescue Department and B.C. Ambulance Services, the local Merritt man was extricated from the plane and rushed to the Kamloops Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The Merritt weather station reports for snow accumulation on Friday February 7th and Saturday February 8th as follows: 
• Friday 0.6cm measured at 3pm
• Saturday 0.4cm measured at 9am 

The City of Merritt Public Works Department plowed the Merritt Airport runway on Friday February 7th from 2:10 PM to 3:00 PM. The Merritt Airport was plowed on Saturday February 8th from 9:49 AM till 10:40 AM.

Mayor Linda Brown states, “This type of news is never easy to hear.  My heart goes out to the person involved and his family.  On behalf of Council, I would like to thank our Public Works and Fire Rescue Departments, the Merritt RCMP, B.C. Ambulance Services and NAV Canada, for their work in responding as quickly as possible once we became aware of the incident.”

The crash scene has been turned over to the City of Merritt as of 11:00 am today. The City of Merritt Public Works Department and the Merritt Fire Department are currently onsite at the Merritt Airport cleaning up the wreckage and working to reopen the Merritt Airport.
“The City of Merritt Airport is non-towered airport, so flight planning is coordinated through the NAV Canada Flight Information Centre in Kamloops,” said City of Merritt Chief Administrative Officer, Scott Hildebrand.

NAV Canada has been notified that the Merritt Airport has been reopened as of 3:00 PM this afternoon.

The Merritt RCMP are asking if you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police please call the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Media Release is available HERE

Contact Information:

Media Inquiries on this incident at the Merritt Airport can be directed to:

Scott Hildebrand
Chief Administrative Officer
City of Merritt
Phone: (250) 378-8613