Plane crashes on west coast of Vancouver Island

Dec 22 2019, 12:03 pm

Search and rescue crews found a crashed plane Sunday morning on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

It crashed northwest of Hot Springs Cove, near Sydney Inlet Provincial Park, according to an RCMP news release.

Sydney Inlet Provincial Park

Sydney Inlet Provincial Park / Google Maps

The plane was due to land in Courtenay at 1:30 pm Saturday, but it never showed up. Staff contacted other airports in the region, but when they couldn’t locate the plane they contacted the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.

Major Sandy Bourne, spokesperson for the JRCC, said rescuers began searching Saturday afternoon.

Adverse conditions made search efforts Saturday night tough, but on Sunday morning beacon signals led crews to discover the crash site near an inlet, Bourne said.

Mounties haven’t been able to access the crash  site yet, because it’s so remote.

According to Sophie Wistaff ,spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the plane is a Cessna 172. That type of aircraft seats four people.

There’s no word yet on whether anyone was killed or injured in the crash.