Emergency crews are responding to the site of a reported helicopter crash in Campbell River this morning.
At 11:25 a.m. on Tuesday morning, RCMP and Fire crews attended the site of a helicopter that crashed down at Tyee Spit in the Spit Road area.
One person has been confirmed deceased at the scene. BC Coroners Service are en route to the site.
“A locally owned commercial helicopter met a tragic end in the area with one soul onboard who did not survive,” said Cst. Maury Tyre of Campbell River RCMP.
According to Campbell River RCMP, incoming traffic on Spit Rd was closed off and the public were asked to stay away from the area as police conducted their investigation for approximately one hour after the crash.
“We dispatched several crews, but once on scene our resources were scaled back. One paramedic crew remains on scene as a precautionary standby for firefighters,” BC EHS spokesperson Shannon Miller told Victoria Buzz.
RCMP say the cause of the crash is presently unknown and is being investigated by WorkSafe BC, the National Transportation Safety Board, and BC Coroners Service.
The identity of the deceased individual and the name of the helicopter company have not been released at this time.