3 dead after float plane crash off Vancouver Island

The Cessna 185 crashed on West Cracroft Island. Mounties say it had taken off from Port McNeil.

A Cessna 185 float plane lands in the United States.

Three people have died in a float plane crash off the northeastern tip of Vancouver Island – near Potts Lagoon, just east of Alert Bay.

Mounties have said those passengers were the only people aboard the airplane – a Cessna 185. Reports say the plane had taken off from Port McNeil, but investigators were continuing to work Thursday afternoon to determine its final destination.

from Global BC:

Glen Friesen with the Transportation Safety Board said the plane departed Port McNeill and was supposed to drop off a passenger at Potts Lagoon.

The plane struck on an embankment about 20 yards upslope from Potts Lagoon, located on the south side of Clio Channel on West Cracroft Island, at approximately 11:45 a.m. Oct. 24.

“Rescue crews have recovered three victims; unfortunately, all three are deceased,” said Cpl. Darren Lagan of the Island District RCMP. “There were two passengers and a pilot. From the information we have gathered, there were no other passengers aboard, so this is not a search and rescue operation.”

Alert Bay RCMP and rescue crews from 442 Squadron in Comox attended the crash site. The Transportation Safety Board has been notified, and the BC Coroners Service will be attending the crash site as well.

Names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

*With files from North Island Gazette.

Just Posted

New version of outdoor art show set to take place in Comox in August

Despite the announcement earlier this year of the cancellation of the Originals… Continue reading

Tales from MusicFest: ‘House bands’ from the golden age of rock and R&B

Robert Moyes Special to The Record Doug Cox, artistic director and executive… Continue reading

Comox Valley artist named Living Legend for wildfowl carvings

An artist from the Comox Valley has been named a Living Legend… Continue reading

New sport introduced in Comox Valley schools earns a bullseye in student approval

Valley students were introduced to the sport of archery for the first… Continue reading

New regulations increase boating distance from killer whales

As of June 1, boats must stay 400 metres away from the southern resident orcas

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

RCMP arrest violent offender on Vancouver Island

Police struggle with suspect and take him down with a taser

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Most Read