28-year old man from Prince George killed in helicopter crash on Friday, March 30
Matthew Goodine, a 28-year old man from Prince George, B.C., was living his dream as a helicopter pilot, flying for Kananaskis Heli Tours of Canmore.
Sadly, the young man was killed while conducting a scenic tour of the Rocky Mountains near Canmore, Alberta on the afternoon of March 30. The helicopter he was piloting crashed on Grotto Mountain in difficult weather conditions. The four passengers, all tourists from the United Kingdom, have all been treated for their injuries and released from hospital.
Rescue teams managed to get all five people out of the helicopter alive. Matthew Goodine died before he could be taken to hospital. .
Matthew Goodine’s parents, also from Prince George, have traveled to Canmore to handle the heartbreaking task of saying a final goodbye to their son.
Tech Helicopters of Prince George released a statement about Matthew Goodine. They described Matthew as ”a good friend, a good snowmobile buddy, and a good pilot. . . . He had a passion for the industry and was following his dream. We are deeply saddened to hear about his death.”
Investigators now are in the information gathering phase of the investigation. Crews must recover the helicopter wreckage, document the state of the wreckage and examine traffic control, weather, pilot training and aircraft maintenance. The surviving passengers will also be interviewed.
Once that job is complete, investigators will then officials will conduct an analysis of the crash. They will identify the cause of the crash, contributing factors and factors that may have added to the risk as well as safety deficiencies. The process could take up to a year.