VANCOUVER – A second person has now died following last month’s fiery crash of a small commuter plane near Vancouver International Airport.
Vancouver Coastal Health spokeswoman Tiffany Akins confirms 26-year-old Matt Robic died Wednesday after suffering severe burns in the Oct. 27 crash.
Robic was the co-pilot of the Northern Thunderbird Air turbo prop that was returning to Vancouver airport after reporting an oil leak when it went down on a road just outside the airport perimeter.
Civilian rescuers were the first on the scene and pulled out the seven passengers but both Robic and 44-year-old Luc Fortin were trapped in the burning cockpit.
Fortin died of his injuries hours later and Robic suffered burns to 80 per cent of his body, but the other victims are recovering, although is still receiving rehabilitation treatment.
As an investigation continues into the cause of the crash, the provincial government has announced plans to honour those who rushed to help the crash victims.