Crash claims local resident

He’d only been in the North Okanagan for a year, but Lee Sorken made quite an impression.

A project superintendent working for Salmon Arm-based Hoban Equipment overseeing the Highway 97A projects near Armstrong, Sorken, 39, was killed in a plane crash June 3.

The wreckage, which also claimed the pilot, Sorken’s brother, Dean, 44, was discovered in a farmer’s field about 22 kilometres from Stettler, Alta.

The brothers had been flying to the Alberta community of Killem, the Sorkens’ hometown, for a family wedding, when the plane crashed.

The plane had taken off from the Vernon Regional Airport June 3 after Dean had flown in from Langley to pick up Lee.

“He’d been here about a year and today is tough, it’s a bad day, everybody’s really shaken up,” said Clayton Hoban, owner of Hoban Equipment, Monday.

“Lee was very meticulous, very well organized, very strict but fair. Everybody really enjoyed working with him.”

Hoban said Lee Sorken had been working as a manager of a heavy equipment school when he started working for his company.

Both Lee and Dean were pilots.

The Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation as to why the plane went down.