A Manitoba man working in Antarctica has died after plunging into a crevasse on the frozen continent.
David Wood, 62, was working with the Australian government’s Antarctic program when he fell during a fuel-loading operation on a remote ice shelf Monday.
Wood spent decades as a helicopter pilot, including spending time as fighting forest fires in Canadian territories.
“He had 16,000+ accident-free hours. He was a very confident, absolutely top-notch pilot,” says Bruno Meili, owner of Fireweed Helicopters in Whitehorse where Wood spent most of his summers. “Great all-around guy, a friend of everybody here. It’s just a huge loss to us, pretty devastating. We’re still trying to wrap our heads around this.”
Meili says Wood’s parents had a house in Winnipeg Beach. He says they will figure out a way to honour Wood but haven’t yet figured that out.