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Man who flew into B.C. building was a well respected war pilot

Associated Press - October 21, 2007 2:15 PM ET

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - An 82-year-old man who flew his plane into an apartment building in a Vancouver, British Columbia suburb was a well respected pilot who flew for the Royal Air Force during World War II when he was just a teenager.

Peter Garrison died Friday when his plane flew into a Richmond, B.C., apartment building with so much force it ended up near the elevator shaft.

Don Hague, the vice president of the Aero Club of B.C., says Garrison was a member of the club and gave an overview of his wartime experiences flying at a meeting last month.

Hague says Garrison had thousands of hours of flying time and flew over the Atlantic Ocean several times in the same small plane involved in the crash.

Hague believes Garrison paid attention to his health and would have gone through a regular medical checkup every two years to maintain his pilot's license.

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