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Comox hiker one of two people killed in floatplane crash
Described as an experienced hiker who spent nearly every weekend outside, Comox resident Charles Turner, 63, is described by friend Ken Rodonets as someone who enjoyed exploring nature to the fullest.
"He spent a lifetime camping and exploring," Rodonets added.
Turner, along with the pilot of the Air Nootka plane that crashed in poor weather Friday, were both killed in the floatplane.
The plane had been heading to Gold River, along with four other Alpine Club Vancouver Island Section hikers after spending days backpacking on the Hesquiaht Trail.
The four survivors were rescued by a Cormorant crew from CFB Comox, and two remain in hospital. Two others, friends of Turner's, were uninjured and waited for five hours to be rescued in the thick brush.
Rodonets had completed many hikes with Turner, whom he's known for 15 years.
"I first heard about (the crash) on TV and I didn't clue in until I saw some details from other members on a website and then put two and two together," Rodonets noted.
The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. Investigator Bill Yearwood has told media a fire that started after the crash might have been a factor in both deaths.
A service for Turner is scheduled for Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. at 330 Butchers Road in Comox.