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Family thanks good samaritans for helping crash victims

Oct. 31, 2011, Vancouver - The family of a pilot who was killed in a fiery crash after his small plane slammed into a road near Vancouver's airport is thanking the Good Samaritans who tried to save him.


October 31, 2011
By The Canadian Press

Forty-four-year-old Luc Fortin was one of nine people who were on the plane that fell from the sky after an oil light triggered a return to the airport.

Fortin's father-in-law John Rayson told a news conference Saturday that the family is also grateful to the first responders who came to the aid of his son-in-law and the other passengers.

Fortin died in hospital about five hours after he was pulled from the burning wreckage on Thursday.

The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority says two more people remain in critical condition, including one person who had spinal surgery on Friday, while four people were in stable but serious condition.

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A trust fund has been set up for Fortin's wife Dagne and the couple's 16-month-old daughter.