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Good samaritans to be honoured

Nov. 1, 2011, Victoria, B.C. - The B.C. government will honour the heroes who rescued people trapped in a burning plane that crashed near Vancouver's airport last Thursday.


November 1, 2011
By The Canadian Press

A reception will be held at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria after Premier Christy Clark returns from Asia.

In a statement, Clark says she heard and read the incredible stories of the heroism that emerged after the plane with nine people aboard slammed onto a street just short of the airport.

Clark says the rescuers who put themselves in danger as they pulled the passengers out of the burning Beechcraft King Air 100 deserve to be publicly thanked.

Solicitor General Shirley Bond will join Clark in hosting the reception that will also honour the crew and the first responders.

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Forty-four-year-old pilot Luc Fortin of North Vancouver died about five hours after the crash, but 10 other people survived.