Monson Fruit Co. president dies in helicopter crash

04/16/2013 12:31:00 PM
Mike Hornick

(UPDATED COVERAGE, 5:20 p.m.) Mike Monson, president of Selah, Wash.-based Monson Fruit Co., died April 13 in a helicopter crash near Bute Inlet, British Columbia.

The helicopter went down and overturned in the Homathko River near Stewart Island, according to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police news release.

Monson, 48, was one of six on board. The other five — four men and one woman — escaped without life-threatening injuries. They were taken to a hospital in Campbell River, northeast of the inlet. Four, including the pilot, were released within two days, according to police. Monson’s body was recovered April 15 from the submerged wreckage.

The helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff near the river, police said.

Survivors’ names were not released, but reportedly three are Americans, two are Canadians.

Monson Fruit Co. ships apples, pears and cherries.



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