Float Plane Accident near Tofino, B.C., Claims 2 and Injures 4 People

Officials have confirmed that the incident of float plane crashing in a remote area on the west coast of Vancouver Island resulted in death of two people, along with injuries to four others. Cpl. Darren Lagan, of Island District RCMP, explained that “of the six adults on board — one pilot and five passengers — two were found deceased, and four suffered varying degrees of injury.” It was revealed that the four survivors have been shifted to a nearby hospital on Vancouver Island, though RCMP refrained from identifying anyone involved in the crash pending notification of the families.

The DeHavilland Beaver plane of Air Nootka was headed to Gold River in Vancouver Island’s interior. The plane was charted by five hikers and took off on Friday morning at around 10:20 a.m. PT near Hesquiat Lake, north of Tofino. Officials revealed having received a distress call sent out by pilot almost three minutes after takeoff.

A resident living in remote Hesquiat Village, Dianne Ignace, reported to have seen three Air Nootka planes fly into Hesquiat Lake on Friday morning, out of which only two flew out. Describing the poor weather conditions for flying, Ignace explained that “our ceiling was so low, we couldn’t see the mountains for most of the day.” She elucidated that “the visibility is very bad and it was southeast winds today.” Reporting about hearing of a distress call over her VHF radio, Ignace stated that “it said ‘Mayday. Downed aircraft.'”

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