"Mr. Silversmith has been cleared of any personal fault in the crash of his personal helicopter in Muskoka, his license remains valid." That was the official word from an unnamed representative of Transport Manitou following their three month investigation into the crash on February 8 of this year.
The accident has been ruled as "mechanical failure" and stated that "metal fatigue" was the cause of the crash. This official statement from Transport Manitou conflicts with Mr. Silversmith's statement to emergency services at the time of the incident that something had struck his helicopter before the craft lost power. The Corran Journal reported "Air Traffic Control for Manitou detected another unidentified aircraft near the helicopter at the time of the alleged collision." The transportation authority offered no additional information into the other aircraft and declined responding to any questions to the existence of the aircraft.
"I felt what I felt, something hit my copter. I wasn't drunk. I don't know why they are hiding the facts from the public" said Mr. Silversmith in an interview with Corran Journal this morning. He continued, "We know UFOs exist, several residents have seen them, you've reported on them. It's time we accept the fact that something is out there." Fire Chief Red E'lite offered his own personal opinion on the crash, "We have seen unexplained flying objects over the city before. It doesn't make sense why they (Transport Manitou) would simply pretend that the other aircraft didn't exist".
The Regional Municipality of Manitou has one public heli-pad in south-west Midland and the Emergency Operation Centre has one in north-west Midland. Mr. Silversmith has constructed a private heli-pad on his property in Muskoka. Manitou permits residents to operate personal low speed aircraft over one hundred metres altitude.
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