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Pilot who died in Yukon crash was from Yellowknife

07/12/2012 11:15 EDT | Updated 09/11/2012 05:12 EDT
The helicopter pilot who died in a crash in Yukon earlier this week was from Yellowknife.

The Yukon Coroner Service confirmed that Paul Rosset, 56, died in the July 10 crash.

Rosset was flying a R44 Raven II craft which was owned by Horizon Helicopters. The helicopter crashed on the southeast slope of Nares Mountain in southwestern Yukon Tuesday afternoon.

The territorial government had hired the helicopter to take two researchers on a grizzly bear survey. One of the researchers was badly hurt with spinal injuries and medevaced to Vancouver. The other researcher was not seriously injured. Neither have been named.

Wind may have played part in crash

The cause of the crash has yet to be determined, but investigators are considering if weather played a part.

The southwest part of the territory was buffeted by high winds at the time of the crash.

Carcross, Yukon, RCMP Cpl. Rob Morin said the winds were heavy, even by local standards.

"Carcross is kind of known for being a windy spot within the Yukon. I wouldn't say the winds are always as heavy as they were yesterday, but it is a very windy area," said Morin.

However, Morin would not speculate if those winds played a part in the crash.

The Transportation Safety Board will look at the weather, along with the condition of the aircraft and the actions of the pilot as part of its investigation.

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