Former Whistler helicopter pilot dies in crash 

Dave Brolin part of many local search and rescue missions

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A former Whistler helicopter pilot has died in a training crash near Chilliwack.

Dave Brolin, who joined the RCMP as a civilian in 2006, previously worked for Blackcomb helicopters and flew many missions for search and rescue.

Said Premier Christy Clark: "I was deeply saddened to learn of this tragic loss and my thoughts are with the family, friends and co-workers of pilot Dave Brolin, who was a civilian member of the RCMP.

"This serves as a reminder to all of us of the bravery and dedication of emergency responders who work to further public safety and aid British Columbians in times of great need."

In a press conference held by the RCMP Chief Superintendent Wayne Rideout said Brolin had just successfully completed a training exercise and was preparing to return to base when the helicopter crashed just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Brolin, 46, was the sole occupant and was taken to hospital by RCMP Emergency Response Team members who were part of the training exercise.

He was piloting the RCMP's Air 5 at the time of the crash.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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