August 16, 2014 1:33 pm
Updated: August 16, 2014 1:37 pm

Pilot uninjured after water bomber crash in the Cariboo

A picture of an AT-802F Fire Boss aircraft.

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A pilot has been released from hospital after a close call while fighting a wildfire on Chantslar Lake in Jorgensen Creek in the Cariboo.

Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Branch told Global News that on Thursday at approximately 6 p.m. a AT802F Fire Boss aircraft owned by Conair flipped over on the Chantslar Lake while fighting a fire 10 kilometers north of the lake.

The pilot, a 35-year-old male from Vancouver, disembarked the plane and spent the night in hospital for observation.

The pilot got out of it on his own and was assisted by local medical staff that were fighting the fire nearby.

He did not sustain any injuries.

The accident has been reported to the Transportation Safety Board and the recovery operation is underway.

It is unclear what may have caused the crash.

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