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B.C. helicopter crash victim identified

06/02/2012 03:02 EDT | Updated 08/02/2012 05:12 EDT

One of three men killed Friday in a helicopter crash near Terrace, B.C., has been identified as Peter Bryant, 45, according to the company that owns the aircraft.

According to Bailey Helicopters, which is based in Fort St. John, Bryant was an experienced pilot who had worked for the company for 11 years. Officials say he was from the Terrace area.

The names of the two other victims are expected to be released at a later date.

All three people on board the training flight were killed when the helicopter went down west of Terrace at about 9 a.m. PT Friday.

Search and rescue officials dispatched a Buffalo aircraft and a Cormorant helicopter to the scene from 442 Squadron in Comox, B.C., along with a local ground crew.

The aircraft were able to survey the wreckage, but ground crews have been unable to access the crash site due to poor visibility and the threat of avalanche.

The helicopter's beacon, which is designed to go off automatically during a crash, reported the site was 14 kilometres west of Terrace on a ridge on the back side of Sleeping Beauty Mountain.

The ASTAR helicopter is a single-engine, five-person aircraft manufactured by Aerospatiale. It is known as an AS350 in Europe.

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