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Vernon, BC Helicopter Crash, July 1985

PROMINENT SKIER KILLED.

Vernon, B.C. (CP) -- A prominent member of Canada's cross-country ski team was one of five people killed Saturday in a helicopter crash in south-central British Columbia. REINO KESKI-SALMI, 28, of Salmon Arm, B.C., was one of four firefighters aboard a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter under contract to the B.C. Forest Service from Vernon Helicopter. Also killed were the pilot, 32-year-old GRANT ALISON THORP of Vernon, and firefighters 27-year-old ROY ALLEN FRIESEN of Abbotsford, 25-year-old RUSSELL GILCHRIST of Christina Lake, and 22-year-old MICHAEL SHERROD of New Denver. The four firefighters were employed by Wilderness Forests Management and were flying to a fire in the Beatrice Lake area, south of Revelstoke. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the accident.

Lethbridge Herald Alberta 1985-07-02

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