The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the death of the co-pilot of the airplane that crashed in Richmond on Oct. 27, 2011.
The deceased is Matthew Robic, aged 26, who resided in Mission. He was the co-pilot of the Northern Thunderbird Air aircraft that crashed while attempting to return to Vancouver International Airport after leaving for a flight to Kelowna.
Mr. Robic was one of 11 persons transported to hospital after the crash that occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on Oct. 27. He remained in hospital since the time of the crash.
Despite all possible medical efforts, he was pronounced dead at Vancouver General Hospital at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. His death is attributable to fire-related injuries and trauma sustained in the crash.
Mr. Robic's family was at the hospital at the time of death. The regional coroner is maintaining ongoing communication with the family and requests that the media respect their privacy during this difficult time.
The BC Coroners Service continues to work closely with the Transportation Safety Board to learn more about the factors that led to the crash.
The BC Coroners Service expresses sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Robic.
Regional Coroner, Vancouver-Metro Region
BC Coroners Service