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Teen pilot's fatal manoeuvre

The Transportation Safety Board has concluded that a 16-year-old pilot was unable to recover from a manoeuvre, sending the plane he was operating into a high-speed nosedive in mountainous terrain west of Kamloops.

Lorne Perreault died in the crash in what the TSB investigation said was supposed to be a two-hour training flight on Aug. 6, 2013.

The Cessna 172 disappeared from radar shortly after climbing to 2,700 metres. Perreault's body and the aircraft were found the next day.

"It is possible that the pilot had begun recovery from a spiral dive and achieved a wings-level attitude, but did not have enough altitude to fully recover," said the report released Tuesday.

"During impact, the aircraft's cabin was severely compromised, making this accident unsurvivable."

When the aircraft did not return at the scheduled time, the instructor, who was supervising the flight, notified search and rescue services and two employees of TylAir Aviation started an air search in their private aircraft, the report said.

Investigators said the crash happened about an hour and a half into the flight and that the plane was not carrying an emergency locator, which resulted in a delay in finding the pilot and wreckage.

While the board noted the locator was not required because the flight was not intended to go beyond 40 nautical kilometres from Kamloops, it said the removal of the instrument should have been documented.

Lead investigator Glen Friesen said there is every reason to believe that the teen was ready to fly solo.

"He demonstrated the ability to recover from these types of manoeuvres. And pilots have to go solo at some point and the instructor being comfortable that he was at that point that he could safely handle the aircraft. So we're not exactly sure what happened or why he didn't recover."

The Canadian Press


Two arrested in robbery

Two men were arrested early this morning after a robbery at a restaurant in Kamloops.

RCMP responded to an alarm at the KFC on 8th Street around 1 a.m.

A front door had been smashed and the cash register was opened.

A 21-year-old man with a criminal record, and currently on probation, was picked up along with an 18-year-old man with no criminal record.

Both men will be making a court appearance later today.

Stunning photo contest results

The results are in for the Tourism Kamloops photo contest showcasing the summer adventures of locals.

The pictures in the gallery match up with each week's winner. Residents are encouraged to keep sharing photos on Instagram with the hashtag #ExploreKamloops for a chance to win.

Week 1:

Congrats to @brocknanson, the first winner of the ‪#‎ExploreKamloops photo contest with this shot from Kenna Cartwright Park! Brock has won a hotel stay, rafting trip on the Adams River and a restaurant gift certificate.

Prize: hotel stay, rafting trip, Red Robin

Week 2:

Congrats to @joleflufy, our next ‪#‎ExploreKamloops photo contest winner with this shot of dog friendly Kamloops!

Prize: Prize 2- July 28

Ramada Kamloops 2 nights in a Executive King Room with complimentary breakfasts/Adams River Rafting - 4 guests/On the Rocks Pub & Grill $50 GC

Week 3:

Congrats to @sjules, she has won a Shuswap Unique Adventure Segway Tour, a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton, BC Wildlife Park Passes, and a gift Certificate to Frick and Frack Tap House. 

Prizing: Shuswap Unique Adventure Tours Segway for 2 people

2 Nights’ Accommodation at the Double Tree by Hilton

2 BC Wildlife Park Passes

$50 Gift Certificate to Frick n’ Frack Tap House

Week 4:

Congrats to @photobomber_dan, he has won a stay at the Accent Inns Kamloops, a stand-up paddle lesson with Paddle Surfit, passes to BC Wildlife Park and a gift certificate to On The Rocks Pub & Grill.

Prizing: 2 Nights’ Accommodation at the Accent Inns in Kamloops, BC

-Two hour Stand Up Paddle lesson for two people with Paddle Surfit

-2 passes to the BC Wildlife Park

-$50 GC to On the Rocks Pub & Grill!

Week 5:

Congrats to @bridge_town, our next winner of the ‪#‎ExploreKamloops photo competition with this amazing photo!

Prizing: 2 nights’ accommodation in a delux room at the Four Points by Sheraton

$50 gift certificate to On the Rocks Pub & Grill

2 BC Wildlife Park Passes

Week 6:

Congrats to @riffstills, the final winner of the ‪#‎ExploreKamloops competition.


2 nights’ accommodation at Accent Inns, $50 GC to on the rocks, 2 BC Wildlife Park Passes


$500k in grants for TRU

Five Thompson Rivers University researchers are receiving research grants this year, making it the most successful discovery grant competition in the history of the school.

These projects will be funded for the next five years, and will bring more than $540,000 in new federal research dollars to the university. The funding is coming from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada.

"Discovery Grants allow researchers to make breakthroughs in a variety of research fields, including mathematics and statistics, biology, and geography," said Bart Cummins, in communications and marketing at TRU.

TRU researchers to receive funding include Richard Brewster for mathematics and statistics, Louis Gosselin for biological sciences, David Hill for geography, Jonathan Van Hamme also for biological sciences, and Qinglin (Roger) Yu for mathematics and statistics.

“We are so impressed by the caliber of research being conducted at TRU, and we congratulate the achievements of our researchers. These opportunities not only allow for additional discoveries to be made in the field, but they also directly benefit our undergraduate and graduate students, who are given the opportunity to work side-by-side with recognized subject area experts,” says Associate Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Will Garrett-Petts.

“The spin-offs created by these research awards considerable and serve as evidence of the university’s commitment to developing a vibrant and collaborative research culture.”

Learn more about Roger Yu’s “Research Discoveries.”

Clear tires to reduce mozzies

Residents are allowed to drop off their old tires to help in the battle against mosquitoes this week.

The Thompson-Nicola regional district in conjunction with mosquito control program contractor BWP Consulting Inc. is providing free passenger tire drop-off opportunities in Clearwater and Kamloops this fall.

Because unwanted tires are prime mosquito breeding habitats, TNRD residents are encouraged to take any old passenger vehicle tires or transport tractor-trailer tires (no agricultural tires) with or without rims, and drop them off for recycling on the following dates and locations between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Sat Oct 4 - Rotary sports park, Murtle crescent (across from visitor's centre) in Clearwater 
  • Sun Oct 5 - Dufferin Elementary school, 1880 Hillside Drive in Kamloops

"Many people may not realize that just a small amount of water inside any old tires sitting around their property can create the perfect breeding ground for mosquito larvae," said BWP contractor Cheryl Phippen. "By safely recycling these unwanted tires at either of these free drop-off locations, you'll remove opportunities for mosquitoes to reproduce around your home. That helps protect you, your family and neighbours from the nuisance insects."

For more info contact Cheryl Phippen, BWP consulting 250.573. 1750 or [email protected] or you can visit the mosquito control page.

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