It seems to be a case of drinking and flying.
BC Coroner Barb Mclintock says there was a significant amount of alcohol in the pilot’s system, after a cargo plane crashed into the North Shore Mountains back in April.
“Point two-four was the level of…in his blood, post-mortem, which is, so it would be three times the legal limit for driving. But our understanding is that Transport Canada rules have a limit of zero for pilots. And in fact have a rule that say a pilot shouldn’t have drunk anything within eight hours of starting a flight.”
34 year old Robert Brandt was the captain of the plane operated by Kelowna-based Carson Air.
Both Brandt, and first officer Kevin Wang, died in the crash.
Wang showed no signs of drugs or alcohol.
The twin-engine plane rapidly descended with no distress call before crashing into Coliseum Mountain.
Bill Yearwood is with the Transportation Safety Board.
“This information does give us an idea of the pilot, what his performance could or should be, our human factors experts will help us with that, all to try and determine in our analysis what may have caused the aircraft to descend rapidly and break up in flight.”
The plane was travelling from YVR or Prince George when it disappeared from radar.
Read the full statement from Carson Air here: