The pilot of a plane that was pulled from a crash at the Merritt Airport on Feb. 10 is now at home and continuing his recovery.

Rae Robinson, an acquaintance of the pilot and a newly appointed member of the City of Merritt’s Airport Advisory Committee, spoke to The Herald to assure the public that the pilot, a fairly new resident of Merritt, has been released from hospital and is now at home.

“I had a visit with him and his wife at their home a few days ago and, you know, he was pretty seriously injured, and it’s going to take some time for him to recover, but he’s home and he is recovering,” said Robinson. “And he was already talking about the possibility of getting another aircraft. He didn’t get frightened off.”

The victim landed nose-first just off the runway very early on the morning of the crash, discovered hours later by local RCMP after a missing persons report was called in.

He was extracted from the aircraft, before being taken to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

Robinson, an aviator himself, also wanted to clear up a rumour he had heard was circulating thrugh town following the crash.

“There was a rumour going around that the pilot was the owner of the Coldwater Hotel, that is not true.”

As for the cause of the crash, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has not released any further information beyond their initial assessment that the plane ran off the end of the runway.

They have further specified that the investigation is now closed.