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Pilot and two passengers unaccounted for in plane crash near Port Hardy: RCMP


Port Hardy RCMP are investigating a plane crash that occurred near Strachan Bay, which is north of Port Hardy.

On Wednesday afternoon, at around 1:20 p.m., Port Hardy RCMP received a report by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) that a Cessna float plane had crashed into the ocean just outside of Strachan Bay.

Police say the plane was carrying two passengers out of a logging camp and transporting them to Port Hardy.

“Coast Guard helicopters 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 Cpl. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the BC RCMP. 

“The RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board both conducting parallel investigations to determine what may have caused the plane to go down.”

In addition to the Port Hardy RCMP, JRCC and Coast Guard, the RCMP West Coast Marine and Dive Team have also joined the search effort in order to find the plane, its pilot and its passengers. 

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

Curtis Blandy

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