Apartment Crash Pilot Was WWII Vet
A World War II Lancaster bomber pilot, with more than 60 years of flying experience, has been identified as the pilot of a Piper Seneca that crashed into the ninth floor of a Vancouver-area apartment building on Friday. Peter Garrison (no, not the technical guy from Flying Magazine), 82, of nearby Maple Ridge, B.C., was the lone occupant of the aircraft that plowed through the balcony window of the luxury condo. Two occupants of the home were injured. Garrison had been involved in another accident last year and the Seneca had just recently been repaired. Canadian Transportation Safety Board regional manager Bill Yearwood told reporters Saturday that Garrison had clipped a fence on landing and the gear collapsed in what he called a "minor incident" last year. Investigators still aren't sure what caused the aircraft to apparently go out of control just after takeoff from Vancouver International Airport about 4:10 p.m. on Friday but there was no explosion or post-crash fire.