The BC Coroner's Service has confirmed the identity of a male pilot who died when his private aircraft crashed near Williams Lake on June 30, 2012.
The deceased is Montague (Monty) Edward Exton, aged 77, from Williams Lake.
Mr. Exton's plane, a privately owned Cessna 185 float plane, was reported missing after he failed to return from a routine flight on the evening of June 30, 2012.
Search and Rescue personnel located the aircraft at a crash site on the bank of the Fraser River and Mr. Exton was confirmed deceased at the scene. No other occupants were on board the flight.
The BC Coroner's Service, with the assistance of the Transportation Safety Board and the RCMP, is continuing to investigate this death. The family of Mr. Exton has been notified of his death.
The BC Coroners Service expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Exton and its appreciation to search and rescue personnel for their assistance at the crash site.
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High Flight by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr. RCAF (9 June 1922 – 11 December 1941):
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
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