Orillia area pilot killed in crash, Go Fund Me account to help family
Police have identified an Orillia area pilot killed in a float plane crash in a dense forest area northwest Huntsville as 44-year-old Jeff Mavor of Ramara Township.
Mavor opened and operated Lake Country Airways, where he also managed Orillia Aviation.
The privately owned Cessna 185 float plane with Mavor, his wife Kathy and five of their six children on board, went down Monday morning near Upper Raft Lake. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton responded to the incident. Two search and rescue technicians were lowered to the site by helicopter, while two medical specialists parachuted in to assist the survivors as they were airlifted out. They were later transported to an area hospital with what are being described as minor injuries. The family dog was also killed in the crash.
The ongoing OPP investigation is being conducted with the assistance of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
Friends of the Mavors have established a Go Fund Me account for his family, as they recover and try to find a way forward in the wake of the tragedy.