2 killed in crash of small amphibious plane near Nanaimo

The Province / The Canadian Press
July 26, 2014 10:56 PM

NANAIMO — Two people have been killed after their amphibious plane crashed on Cottonwood Golf Course on Saturday evening just northeast of Nanaimo Airport.

Bill Yearwood of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada told Global News that “a small amateur-built type private aircraft with two persons on board was departing Cassidy airport [Nanaimo Airport is at Cassidy] and apparently ran into some trouble and crashed on the golf course adjacent to the airport.

“Sadly both persons on board lost their lives.”

Some golfers were on the course at the time of the crash, but Yearwood said there are no reports of anyone else being injured.

“At this point we’re just assessing the occurrence and are offering our assistance to the coroners service, said Yearwood.

He said there were several witnesses to the crash, and that RCMP are gathering statements and information. Investigators know from the aircraft’s registration that it’s a small amphibious, flying boat type of aircraft. Amphibious planes are designed to takeoff and land on both water and land.

Weather conditions were sunny and clear at the time of the fatal crash.


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