Investigation underway into small plane crash near Strachan Bay, north of Port Hardy, British Columbia; “plane has been presumed to have sunk” – UPDATED

Port Hardy, BC – The RCMP in Port Hardy and the RCMP Dive Team have recovered the bodies of the pilot and two passengers who were involved in a small plane crash in Strachan Bay, north of Port Hardy.

Port Hardy RCMP were initially called to investigate a small plane crash on November 23, 2022 where the pilot and the two passengers were not accounted for. Read previous news release here: Investigation underway into small plane crash

Efforts to locate the plane and any potential survivors have been ongoing since the day of the crash says Corporal Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the BC RCMP. Working through challenging weather conditions, our divers were able to locate the bodies of the pilot and the two passengers on Saturday, November 26.

There is no criminality suspected. The investigation has now been turned over to the BC Coroners Service.

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BACKGROUND

Port Hardy, BC – The RCMP in Port Hardy is currently investigating a small plane crash near Strachan Bay, north of Port Hardy.

On November 23, 2022 at around 1:20 p.m., the Port Hardy RCMP was notified by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) of a Cessna float plane who had crashed into the water in Strachan Bay. It was learned that the aircraft was transporting two passengers out of logging camp back to Port Hardy.

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“Coast Guard helicopter and boats were sent to the area and a search was made, however no survivors have been located and the plane has been presumed to have sunk,” said Corporal Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the BC RCMP. “The RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board are both conducting parallel investigations to determine what may have caused the plane to go down.”

The RCMP West Coast Marine and Dive Team are also being mobilized in effort to locate the plane, the two passengers and the pilot.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Port Hardy RCMP at 250-949-6335.

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Port Hardy RCMP

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