VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Four people have been confirmed dead in a float plane crash on a small island off the northern tip of Vancouver Island.
There were nine people on board and the chartered plane was en route to Calvert Island.
The other five passengers were transported to hospital Friday evening.
#BCEHS paramedics have assessed and treated the five survivors of the Addenbroke Island plane crash.
Two patients in serious condition are being airlifted with critical care paramedic teams to Vancouver.
Three other patients were transported to a local area hospital.
— Emerg Health Services (@BC_EHS) July 27, 2019
Seair Seaplanes, which operates daily charter flights and scenic tour flights in British Columbia out of Vancouver, Nanaimo and Richmond has confirmed that it was one of their planes.
“We are currently working with first responders and authorities and have immediately suspended all flights. We will provide updates as details become available. Right now, our focus is on working with first responders and authorities to provide whatever support is needed.”
The Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Spokesperson Chris Krepski says the flight, which departed from Vancouver, was destined for a remote fishing lodge near Bella Bella.
“The transportation safety Board continues to gather information and assess the occurrence,” he says.
Sub Lieutenant Michael Derywith Maritime Forces Pacific in Esquimalt says the Cessna 208 went down shortly before the noon hour.
The Royal Canadian Air Force deployed two search and rescue helicopters to locate the plane. The search and rescue mission involved the Canadian Coast Guard, and the BC Ambulance Service.