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Plane crash victims rescued by 442 Squadron near Williams Lake
Canadian Forces Search and Rescue personnel from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron responded to a small plane crash 130 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake on Sunday morning.
The Cessna 210 failed to give a routine radio check-in (known as a flight tracker system) to the Cariboo Fire Centre at approximately 9:30 a.m. After a search for the plane by local aircraft, Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Victoria dispatched a CC-115 Buffalo from 19 Wing Comox to the Big Creek Provincial Park region.
The crew of the Buffalo homed in on the downed plane’s Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) and two Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR techs) parachuted into the wind-swept area. Once on the ground, they met up with a civilian helicopter already searching for the plane.
Three of the less severely injured people were evacuated on the private helicopter, while the most seriously injured person was evacuated on a 442 Squadron Cormorant helicopter. All were taken to hospital in Williams Lake in stable condition.
The medical condition of those evacuated is unknown at this time. A team from the Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the incident.
— 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron