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Pilot who crashed plane had high blood-alcohol level: B.C. Coroner

DH Vancouver Staff Aug 19, 2015 3:35 pm

A pilot who crashed a Metro-II cargo plane into the North Shore mountains back in April had high levels of alcohol in his system, according to the BC Coroner’s Service.


Robert Brandt, 34, was flying the plane with his co-pilot Kevin Wang, when it crashed into the Coliseum Mountain at 7:10 a.m. on April 13. The coroner’s service found Brandt had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 per cent, three times the legal limit for driving.

The plane had taken off from Vancouver International Airport shortly before the crash and was bound for Prince George. The plane belonged to Kelowna-based company Carson Air.

No alcohol or drugs were found in Wang’s system.

The bodies of the men were discovered the day after the crash at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level between Grouse and Cathedral Mountains.

The plane was supposed to arrive in Prince George at 8 a.m., but never made it to the destination and disappeared from radar at 9,000 feet near Grouse Mountain.

DH Vancouver Staff
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