11/19/2013 03:50 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Abbotsford Ultralight Crash Kills 1

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - The body of an ultralight pilot was removed from the scene of a Monday afternoon crash in the Fraser Valley, but the aftereffects of the crash continued to snarl commuter traffic east of Vancouver well into Tuesday.

A search complicated by rain and darkness meant rescuers did not find the crash site until about 9 p.m. Monday night, about five hours after the small aircraft clipped power lines and went down in a rain soaked field after taking off from the Abbotsford, B.C., airport on a flight to the Vancouver suburb of Maple Ridge.

The pilot could not be saved, but first responders realized the crash had damaged a major transmission line and tower, forcing closure of nearby Highway 1.

The highway remained blocked through Tuesday's morning rush, backing up traffic for kilometres, while hydro crews grappled with how to move heavy equipment across waterlogged fields to reach the damaged lines.

B.C. Hydro spokeswoman Simi Heer said construction of a road was one of the likely first steps before repairs could begin.

The name of the dead pilot has not been released and a cause of the crash has not been determined.(CKNW, News1130)