Pilot killed in B.C. crash remembered as 'fantastic example for aspiring female aviators'

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The pilot who was killed in a small plane crash north of Stave Lake on Monday has been identified by the president of her flying club.

Erissa Yong-Wilson, 66, died and another person was injured after a single-engine Cessna went down on a rough, abandoned airstrip north of Stave Lake around 5:30 p.m. PT.

According to an RCMP statement, officers responded and found a 66-year-old woman dead at the scene. A 21-year-old woman was taken to hospital for treatment of "undetermined injuries."

Yong-Wilson was identified Tuesday in a Facebook post written by George Aung Thin, president of the Abbotsford Flying Club, who said she volunteered with the club's First Flights for Kids events

"Erissa Yong-Wilson was a great pilot and an all-around really cool person. She was a great mentor and a fantastic example for aspiring female aviators," the post says.

"Her loss is a great loss to our flying community."

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria and paramedics also responded. The Transportation Safety Board confirmed it is also aware of the crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The BC Coroners Service is investigating the woman's death.

Mounties said the airstrip is remote and inaccessible by road. Police said officers had to call in search and rescue personnel to take them to the crash site.