Update: RCMP BC confirm four died in October 13th airplane crash, flight destined for Calgary

Lake Country, BC – The RCMP is saddened to confirm that four individuals have been killed in a plane crash that occurred late Thursday night, October 13 in Lake Country.

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“Our police officers and police dog reached the crash scene shortly after midnight, but unfortunately they were not able to locate any survivors,” says Corporal Dan Moskaluk, spokesperson for the RCMP in Southeastern BC. “There was catastrophic damage at the crash site.”

The Citation aircraft left Kelowna airport bound for the Calgary area, but crashed shortly after takeoff, approximately four kilometres into a heavily wooded area north of Beaver Lake Road, east of Lake Country.

Authorities are now in the process of confirming the identities of those onboard the aircraft.

“Our priority is to first share information with the families of those individuals killed in this tragic crash,” says Cpl. Moskaluk. “Following confirmation that next of kin have been notified, information about the identities of those on board may be released publically.”

Cpl. Moskaluk is currently on site. The RCMP will continue to secure the crash site, awaiting the arrival of the Transportation Safety Board. The RCMP confirms it is also working with the BC Coroner’s Service.

File # 2016-61734

Calgary Police Service remembers Jim Prentice

On behalf of the men and women of the Calgary Police Service, I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Jim Prentice.

Like the members of this Service, Mr. Prentice was a proud public servant whose contributions to this city, province and country are immense.

Mr. Prentice once served as the Calgary Police Foundation’s Fundraising Committee Chair and was on its board of directors. He played a critical role in helping to bring to fruition YouthLink Calgary in 2015. His legacy will endure in the thousands and thousands of Calgary children who have passed through the doors of YouthLink, and then left empowered with the knowledge to make smart decisions.

We will be forever grateful for his dedication to keeping kids and families safe, both in his role supporting the Foundation and the Calgary Police Service, but also in his commitment to the people he served as a politician.

Roger Chaffin
Chief Constable
Calgary Police Service

BACKGROUND:

Plane crash near Lake Country, BC; Citation Jet was Destined for Calgary, Alberta

Lake Country, B.C. – The RCMP is working with the Transportation Safety Board after the wreckage of a downed aircraft was located near Lake Country late Thursday night, Oct. 13.

On October 13, 2016 at 10:07 pm, the Kelowna RCMP and Lake Country RCMP detachments were alerted by the Surrey Air Traffic Control Centre that they had lost contact with a Citation jet shortly after its takeoff from the Kelowna International Airport. The aircraft was destined for Calgary.

Several resources were immediately dispatched to the jet’s last known location, says Corporal Dan Moskaluk, spokesperson for the RCMP in Southeast District. RCMP investigators located the crash site approximately 4 km into a heavily wooded area north of Beaver Lake Road east of Lake Country.

Cpl. Moskaluk is currently heading to scene right now. The RCMP will continue to secure the crash site, awaiting the arrival of the Transportation Safety Board.

File # 2016-61734

Lake Country RCMP


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