Monday, July 29, 2019

Investigation underway into cause of Friday's float plane crash on Central Coast

A team from the Canadian Transportation Safety Board is at the site
of Friday's floatplane crash on Addenbroke Island

An investigation has been launched by the Canadian Transportation Safety Board into the circumstances that led to the crash of a Float plane on Addenbroke Island on the Central Coast Friday, which tragically took the lives of four and has sent another five to hospital.

The flight had departed from Vancouver on Friday morning and was  destined for the nearby Calvert Islands and a fishing lodge on the island, it crashed around 11 AM, with weather at the time listed as featuring intense rain.

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board made note of the investigative plans over the weekend, with a team now on site to review the crash site and all elements of the flight

Updates on their investigation will be released through the TSB of Canada website

Rescuers were dispatched from the Joint Rescue Centre in Victoria with a Ch 149 Cormorant hoisting casualties aboard for transfer to medical facilities in Vancouver and Port Hardy. Also on station with the Cormorant was a CH 115 Buffalo, both were dispatched from CFB Comox.

Also assisting in the response were members of the RCMP out of Bella Bella, as well as a number of vessels in the area, including the BC Ferry Northern Sea Wolf, which was in the region as part of its transit from Port Hardy to Bella Bella and other central coast communities.

Late Friday afternoon, the Premier offered his condolences on the incident and thanked those that responded to it.

Some of the latest notes on Friday's incident can be reviewed below:

July 28 -- Transportation Safety Board probe of Addenbroke Island plane crash begins, as pilot identified
July 28 -- Transportation Safety Board investigators assessing BC seaplane crash site
July 28 -- Tributes pour in for Seair pilot after fatal Addenbroke Island crash

July 27 -- Transportation Safety Board investigating fatal float plane crash on Addenbroke Island
July 27 -- Investigators travel to site of fatal BC float plane crash as survivors recover
July 27 -- Central Coast vessel responds to float plane crash
July 27 -- Five survivors, with varying injuries, confirmed in float plane crash north of Port Hardy
July 27 -- TSB to investigate Addenbroke island float plane crash

July 26 -- 4 dead after float plane crashes on small island north of Vancouver Island
July 26 -- 4 dead, 5 in hospital after floatplane crash north of Vancouver Island
July 26 -- Four dead after floatplane crashes on Addenbroke Island, north of Vancouver Island

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